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Call for NSW intervention program to include indigenous youth

Call for NSW intervention program to include indigenous youth

Updated 28 February 2013, 10:59 AEST

An Aboriginal community is Australia says a new early intervention program into youth crime could fail if it does not target Indigenous children who make up the majority of juvenile prisoners.

The New South Wales government is trialling a $10 million scheme called "Youth on Track" to help catch young people before they go to jail.

It's been welcomed by criminologists and the New South Wales Aboriginal Legal Service.

But there's concern that if it's not culturally specific those Aboriginal children most at risk may miss out.

Presenter: Jennifer Macey

Speakers: Greg Smith, New South Wales Attorney-General; Pru Goward, NSW Community Services Minister; John McKenzie, New South Wales Aboriginal Legal Service; Kerry Graham, Justice Reinvestment Now;

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