Youth Justice Services operates in accordance with the provisions of the Youth Justice Act 1997. It provides a range of diversionary provisions that provide alternative sentencing options to divert young people from the court process. Further information about youth justice services is available on the Department of Health and Human Services web site, http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/youthjustice
COMMUNITY YOUTH JUSTICE SERVICES
Community Youth Justice Services provide a range of services for young people who have offended. They include strategies such as community conferences and community service orders as alternatives to traditional sentencing of offenders. In 2002-03, there were 376 community conferences completed and 177 community service orders completed.
Community Youth Justice Services also prepare individual risk assessments and pre-sentence reports for the Magistrates Court (Youth Justice Division), develop case management plans and supervise a range of orders including probation and supervised release orders.
CUSTODIAL YOUTH JUSTICE SERVICES
Custodial Youth Justice Services provide secure facilities at Ashley Youth Detention Centre for young men and women who are remanded or sentenced to a period in custody by the Magistrates Court (Youth Justice Division). It provides case management and health services, education and rehabilitation programs in accordance with the Youth Justice Act 1997.
In 2002-03, there were 82 young people admitted to Ashley Youth Detention Centre. This number is considerably less than the 174 young people admitted in 2000-01 and is attributed to the use of alternative sentencing options and the diversion of offenders from the court process.