St Thomas’s students want a voice for the voiceless

A group of students from St Thomas of Canterbury College high school in Christchurch who created a detailed report on young people in custody in New Zealand say they wanted to be a voice for the voiceless.

The six students from St Thomas of Canterbury College have produced a 40 page report based on data they obtained from Government agencies through the Official Information Act.

The group found that youth justice facilities had:

  • High reconviction rates
  • More than half of the young people apprehended for imprisonable offences were Maori
  • 69 percent of under 20s who are incarcerated are reconvicted
  • 45 percent end up back in prison

The project leader, 18-year-old Lincoln Harrison, said the group aimed to shed light on the issue of youth in custody.

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