Youth crime since '90 costs us $7m

JUVENILE crime committed by youths born in 1990 has cost the Fraser Coast almost $7 million over the past decade.

A new report, published by the Australian Institute of Criminology along with Griffith University, has placed Maryborough and Hervey Bay among the 20 worst areas in the state for juvenile crime.

Maryborough was the 14th worst area for juvenile crime, with a cost of $3,870,516, while Hervey Bay was just behind in 18th position with a cost of $3,118,401.

The report tracked 14,171 people born in 1990 who had contact with the criminal justice system between the ages of 10 and 20.

The report found the criminals were part of a generation that had a one in four chance of having a brush with the law.

Griffith University criminology lecturer Dr Troy Allard said the study had used two methods to calculate the costs of the crimes committed by the young offenders.

The first placed a cost on the offender's journey through the criminal justice system, whether that be a caution from the police or a visit to Court.

The second factor was to determine the social and economic costs of the crime, based on different types of offences.

WHAT CRIME COSTS US AS A SOCIETY

Justice system

  • Police caution $1000
  • Youth justice conference $5500
  • Magistrate court event $3000
  • District Court event $8000
  • Supreme Court event $10,000

Broader burdens

  • Homicide $2.2 million
  • Sexual assault $9000
  • Assault $2000
  • Robbery $2800
  • Burglary $3500
  • Theft $1500
  • Fraud $25,500
  • Criminal damage/arson $4000


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