In March 2015, nearly 75% of young people in detention in WA were identified as Aboriginal. Strong Tomorrow is an intensive mentoring and case management program for young offenders that Save the Children has been delivering since 2014 in Armadale (in metropolitan Perth) and since 2015 in Kununurra (in the Kimberley) which both have high rates of crime. It’s targeted at young offenders aged 10-17 and aims to reduce rates of offending which initial results indicate it has. The cost of this program compares very favourably with the cost of keeping a young person in detention at approx $300,000 per annum.
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