The QLD government has moved to adopt GPS trackers and law changes to put more child criminals behind bars.

The Courier Mail reports that the laws come two weeks after the horrific hit-and-run deaths of Kate Leadbetter and Matt Field just days after 22-year-old Jennifer Board was killed in Townsville, allegedly by vigilantes chasing a stolen car being driven by an 18-year-old.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will announce the first stage of her government’s response to the public outcry to fix the state’s youth justice crisis today.

“The loss of four innocent lives cannot go unanswered,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“It is clear to me and to the community that some young offenders simply don’t care about consequences. It’s this 10 per cent who are responsible for 48 per cent of the crime.”

“They’re the ones we are going to target with all the force and resources at our disposal.”

The Premier will appoint Assistant Commissioner Cheryl Scanlon – a 33-year police veteran with a background in child safety – to head the new Youth Crime Taskforce.


Ms Palaszczuk said Ms Scanlon was the perfect choice for the role.

Laws will also change to make it clear to the judiciary that custody is no longer an absolute last resort after complaints that relaxed bail laws had created a revolving door of child criminals.

But a separate breach of bail offence will not be introduced, despite repeated calls from the LNP Opposition.

This article originally appeared in The Courier Mail.


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