Victoria’s most serious young criminals will soon be tracked with electronic monitoring bracelets to ensure they meet their parole conditions, the state government said.
- Most serious offenders will be tracked with a GPS device
- They will also be tested for drugs and alcohol in their system.
- Opposition says measure comes too late
Legislation will be introduced in Parliament to give the Victoria Youth Parole Board new powers to order offenders aged 16 and over to wear a tracking bracelet or undergo drug and drug tests. alcohol compulsory.
Family and Children Minister Jenny Mikakos said this would be the first time tracking devices have been used on young offenders in the state.
âElectronic monitoring will continually remind some of our most serious young offenders to comply with their terms,â she said.
“If they use drugs and alcohol, which we know greatly contribute to recidivism, we will know.”
Ms Mikakos said the new laws would apply to young offenders who commit serious offenses, such as aggravated home invasion, aggravated carjacking and culpable driving causing death.
If the electronic tracker records that a young offender has violated their parole conditions, their parole could be revoked.
“We have never had these measures before,” she said.
Ms Mikakos said the change was part of broader measures to crack down on youth crime, including longer sentences for serious young offenders.
‘Too little, too late’
Opposition spokeswoman Georgie Crozier said the government was “trying to catch up” in the fight against youth crime.
“It’s too little too late,” she said.
âWe had a serious problem with crime in Victoria and a serious problem with youth crime under [Premier] Daniel Andrews over the past three and a half years. “
Meghan Fitzgerald of the Fitzroy Legal Service said she had concerns about the program.
“The devil is in the details,” she told ABC Radio Melbourne.
âBut we would say that there has been an invasion of people’s privacy in a number of ways and that will depend a lot on how it is actually operationalized and what types of violations would constitute a reason for re-incarceration.
“If this can reduce the number of young people who are in prison, by creating a monitoring system, that would be positive.
“If that were to ultimately increase the number of young people in prison for offenses that do not deserve this type of response, that would be negative.”
Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said police welcomed the change.
âA lot of young offenders under the age of 18 are serious and violent offenders,â he said.
Police crackdown on armed violence
Victoria Police, meanwhile, have issued a number of firearms restraining orders to people they believe may become terrorists or have a history of violence that may pose a risk to the community. .
The new police powers came into effect last month and give police the right to search properties and vehicles.
Police said on Wednesday that they had issued more than 50 firearms restraining orders to various people, including members of outlaw motorcycle gangs and organized crime.
Anyone who has received an order is prohibited from owning or using a firearm and from entering certain areas such as arms dealers and shooting ranges.
Orders given to adults remain in effect for 10 years, and five years for children.
Police have so far found ammunition, silencers and drugs, but no guns during the searches.
Mr Patton said the new powers would make the life of criminals more difficult.
“I have already described them [the orders] as a change of game. While it is not a game, it is certainly a big change in terms of community safety, “he said.
He said no restraining order had been issued to a licensed shooter.