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Peter Collier: Banksia kids need our empathy and assist, not to be locked up in adult jail

Nelson Mandela said: “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”

Based upon the details provided by the Labor Government, it would be very easy for the general public to judge the 20 juveniles who they have decided to transfer from Banksia Hill Detention Centre to the adult Casuarina Prison. The images of the damage done to the facilities at BHDC by these juveniles were quite confronting and made for enticing viewing on the 6pm news bulletins, just what the minister and Labor Government had wanted. How could you possibly disagree with the Government? Surely these juveniles got exactly what they deserved? Or did they?

It is a sad reflection of our society if the only solution to this issue is to send these juveniles to a facility for hardened adult prisoners.

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