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More youths in trouble with the law

Anne Tolley MP
National’s Associate Welfare (CYFS) Spokeswoman

13 August 2006

More youths in trouble with the law

The number of family group conferences jumped dramatically last year.

Figures obtained from the Associate Minister CYF/Disability Issues show that 9,190 conferences were held in the last financial year, 1536 more than the year before.

Add to this statistics showing the number of new cases heard in the Youth Court has also escalated by 19% to 7,952.

“Despite Government assurances that the youth crime rate is not growing, the numbers show it is quickly becoming more of a problem for the justice system,” says National Party Associate Welfare spokeswoman Anne Tolley.

“Labour’s 1999 pledge card promised to beat youth crime, but what we’re actually seeing is alarming growth in offending by young people. More proof - not that we needed it - that the tax-funded pledge card is a joke.

“The Government has had plenty of time to show some leadership in addressing this issue with actions rather than more reports and strategies,” says Mrs Tolley.

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See... Parliamentary Questions 09336 (2006), 09334 (2006) - 2 pages (PDF)

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