Queensland locking up kids

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- thesaturdaypaper.com.au | a month ago

Children as young as 10 are being detained in police watch houses in Queensland, where some are isolated for weeks at a time, and others are exposed to drugs and hardened criminals.

A new report by the ABC’s Four Corners has published details of more than 500 files on child inmates in Queensland watch houses between January 2018 and March 2019, including a child who who had part of her finger cut off in an automatic door, a young girl who was placed in a watch house pod with two alleged sex offenders, and children deprived of food, medicine, sanitary products and clothing. Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers told the investigation police “don’t have the support or the facilities to be able to properly house these young people who are in custody”.

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