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Locking up kids has serious mental health impacts and contributes to further reoffending

By Summer May Finlay, Senior Lecturer - Indigenous Health, University of Wollongong
Ee Pin Chang, Postdoctoral research fellow, The University of Western Australia
Jemma Collova, Research associate, The University of Western Australia
Pat Dudgeon, Professor, The Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention, the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, The University of Western Australia
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This article contains information on violence experienced by First Nations young people in the Australian carceral system. There are mentions of racist terms, and this piece also mentions self harm, trauma and suicide.

The ABC Four Corners report “Locking up Kids” detailed the horrific conditions for young Aboriginal people in the juvenile justice system in Western Australia.

The report was nothing new. In 2016, Four…The Conversation

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