Government must act on youth crime

How much must youth crime increase before the Andrews government finally gets the message that its soft on crime approach has got to change?

The government should have been acting to tackle youth crime a long time ago, instead of weakening bail and sentencing and reducing frontline police.

The juvenile justice system must instil respect for the law and for others in the young people it has contact with, not just let them run wild.

This is crucial, not only for the sake of a safe and secure society, but also to enable young people to break away from a dysfunctional background or criminal lifestyle and come to lead a positive future life.

For today’s Herald Sun report, see Young teens drive violent crime wave.