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LIVE – Updated at 01:45 Follow the day’s news.   01:45 Queensland youth reoffending rate highest in nation More than half of

young offenders subject to sentence supervision in Queensland were back in contact with the criminal justice system within 12 months, new data shows. The Productivity

Commission numbers come as the state government pledges new laws designed to drive down youth crime will be a priority when parliament returns next month. Close to 57% of

Queenslanders aged 10 to 16 at the time of release returned to some form of sentence supervision within a year in 2019-20, the figures released today show. The rate is

the highest among all jurisdictions , but continued a downward trend over the previous two years that peaked at 65% in 2017-18. The figures also show Aboriginal and

Torres Strait Islander children were vastly over represented in Queensland youth detention centres in 2021-22. For 10 to 13 year olds, the rate was almost 42 children per

10,000, compared to 1.1 for non indigenous children. In the 14 to 17-year-old age group, the figure was almost 267 per 10,000, compared to 14.2. The rates are

calculated from the number of young people on an average day against the estimated population as of the end of the year. Deputy premier Steven Miles today said youth

detention was an opportunity to intervene in the cycle of reoffending and “help those young people turn their lives around”. However, because of delays in the court

system, Miles said many offenders were spending so much time on remand, they had already served their penalty by the time they were sentenced.