Justice corruption revealed
Six staff members from Queensland's Youth Justice Department have been sacked over corruption claims.
Authorities received over 50 separate corruption allegations in the last financial year, 38 of which were substantiated.
The matters related to a range of inappropriate conduct and even criminal behaviour, such as excessive force, failure to adhere to departmental policies, providing false information, misuse of authority and breaching confidentiality.
A total of 22 cases were referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC), two to the Queensland Police Service and four to the Queensland Ombudsman.
Several complaints were focused on the state’s two youth detention centres.
“Youth Detention Centres are complex environments and that is why both our centres have undergone security upgrades over the last 12 months including CCTV upgrades, to ensure the safety of young people, their families, visitors and staff,” a spokesperson said.
“New laws were also passed in August to enable body worn cameras in youth detention centres and we expect their introduction over the next two months.
“The overwhelming majority of youth justice staff work to a high standard and we are proud of the work that they do to help young people turn their lives around.
“However a very small number of staff sometimes do the wrong thing.”
The government has released only a general overview of the cases, including the sackings of six staff, but no real details.
Opposition spokesman for youth justice David Janetzki says people should know the full story.
“When you've got 25 per cent of all corruption matters being related to excessive force, it's not surprising to hear that staff have been let go,” he told the ABC.
“Kids in the youth justice system shouldn't be used as punching bags. They need to be educated and given the skills and the opportunities to help turn their lives around.
“These are serious matters — they deserve full scrutiny of the public — and I think it is appropriate for the Palaszczuk Labor government to explain the nature of these matters and what has been done about them.
“We're not talking about minor matters here, these are serious matters.”