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Bail laws set to be weakened as youth offenders commit repeat offences

Thursday 29 February 2024

Bail laws set to be weakened as youth offenders commit repeat offences

Revelations today that 80 hardcore repeat youth offenders have been arrested more than 10 times each over the past year again demonstrates that now is not the time to be weakening bail laws.

Victoria Police have confirmed that a group of around 290 young offenders are committing the majority of serious crimes, including aggravated burglary and theft, with 80 offenders having been arrested repeatedly.

Labor’s Bail Amendment Act, which comes into effect on 25 March 2024 will, amongst other changes, abolish section 30B of the Crimes Act.

Section 30B provides that it is an offence for a person to commit an indictable offence whilst on bail. This is designed to make it harder for repeat serious offenders to keep getting bail by raising the bail threshold for any subsequent offences.

Shadow Attorney-General, Michael O’Brien, said: “Labor’s abolition of section 30B will make it even easier for these hardcore repeat offenders to remain on bail and commit offences again and again.

“Weakening these bail laws will just turbo-charge the revolving door we already see with repeat serious offenders.

“The Allan Government must listen to the concerns of the community and look at ways to prevent repeat youth offending rather than making a bad situation worse.

“Now is the worst possible time to be weakening bail laws and putting the Victorian community at even greater risk.”

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