International Public Survey 2 (Australia)

Name: Tasmanian Donna
Country of residence: Australia

What comes to mind when you think about juvenile offenders?

The law is too easy on them.


Should juvenile offenders be treated and punished the same as adults?

Yes. They get long lists of offences and let off lightly.


Have you ever been the victim of a juvenile offender?

Yes. Attacked protecting a staff member by a fifteen-year-old. She attacked me, and I couldn't work for twelve months.


What kind of things can a court do to change the behaviour of a juvenile offender?

Military service away from others. Firm hand and discipline.

Do you think girls offend in the same way and for the same reason as boys?

Girls can be worse. They can be vicious and manic.

Do you believe juvenile detention is a good option for bad kids?

No. They are together and can teach each other how to be better criminals.

What is your impression of juvenile detention?

I think it is overpopulated and under-managed.


How can the community help address the issues of a juvenile offender?

Immediate sentences. Military service, discipline and accountability.

At what age do you think children should be charged?

From age twelve.

What do you think are the causes of juvenile offending?

Not enough positive parenting or influence. Bring back corporal punishment!

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