Add your voice to #RaiseTheAge of Criminal Responsibility

Add your voice to #RaiseTheAge of Criminal Responsibility

In Australia, children as young as 10 years old can be taken out of school and away from their families, and sent to prison. All the evidence tells us that prisons traumatise children and they don’t work. Kids who spend time in prison are more likely to get in further trouble with the criminal justice system - not less.  

Right now, Attorney Generals are considering whether or not to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14 -- that would mean 10 year old kids could no longer be sent to prison. 

But, with many politicians believing only a 'tough on ...

In Australia, children as young as 10 years old can be taken out of school and away from their families, and sent to prison. All the evidence tells us that prisons traumatise children and they don’t work. Kids who spend time in prison are more likely to get in further trouble with the criminal justice system - not less.  

Right now, Attorney Generals are considering whether or not to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14 -- that would mean 10 year old kids could no longer be sent to prison. 

But, with many politicians believing only a 'tough on crime' approach wins votes, we need to convince them that they have the public support to show leadership and #RaiseTheAge. That's why we need you to send a message your state Attorney General today to let them know that they have your support to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 14, and keep kids out of prison and with their families where they belong. 

As Dujuan said at the United Nations, “I want adults to stop cruelling 10 year olds in jail” 

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Ask Your State's Attorney General To #RaiseTheAge

Use the email tool below to send a personalised email to the Attorney General in your state/territory calling on them to raise the age of criminal responsibility. 

We have included a few key points in the email tool below -- but the most powerful emails will be your own thoughts and feelings, written in your own words. 

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The most powerful emails are in your own words - it can be as long or short as you like. Here are some key points to include: 

1. A little bit about yourself! 

Sometimes politicians make assumptions about the 'types' of people who might sign a petition or write them a letter. Let them know this isn't the case. Introduce yourself and let the Attorney General know your name, what work you do, if you're a parent, if you live in their state, and why this issue matters to you. 

2. We should listen to the experts

  • All the medical evidence tells us that kids’ brains are still developing at 10,12, 13 years old. Sending children to prison is traumatising and causes long term harm. 
  • Decades of research shows that the earlier kids come into contact with the criminal justice system, the more likely they are to get stuck in a cycle of disadvantage and offending. These kids need support, not punishment.  
  • Aboriginal kids are disproportionately overrepresented in the criminal justice system. To close the gap, we must stop locking up Aboriginal kids.  

3. Why you care

  • You have just watched the film In My Blood It Runs and heard first hand from a remarkable 10 year old Dujuan about what it's like to come into contact with the criminal justice system when you are so young. 
  • Are you a parent? A teacher? Someone with children in your life? Why are you passionate about keeping 10 year olds out of prison? 

4. Ask for a reply

Ask politely for a response and request that the Attorney General commits to raising the age of criminal responsibility in your state. 

3. Make your email count