The Ashley Youth Detention Centre is the only institution of this kind in Tasmania - all young people between the ages of 10 and 18 years who are held on remand, and others who have been sentenced to an actual custodial penalty, serve time at the Centre.
The Centre has accommodation for 51 young people in four different units, Bronte, Huon, Franklin, and Liffey. It offers four levels of programs with the first two being compulsory.
In 2006, Ashley Youth Detention Centre was prominent in the Tasmanian media, with reports of breakouts, and allegations of violence, drug smuggling, and substance abuse within the institution. This led to a Select Committee being established to review the impact of the Youth Justice Act 1997 (proclaimed in February 2000) on Tasmania's treatment of young offenders. In the words of the Chairman, 'We have asked is the new way a better way?'
The Committee's report was released in July 2007 and made 32 recommendations relating to the Centre. These included amending the Youth Justice Act to give magistrates more diversionary options when sentencing young offenders, and changing the name of the institution to Ashley Secure Care Centre.
12 September 2013
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