Member for Kennedy Bob Katter wants relocation sentencing to help solve the problem of the disproportionate amount of home break-ins in Mount Isa - which has recorded twice as many break-ins in the last 12 months as Brisbane.
Mr Katter said the juvenile prison system is in a state of disarray, arresting repeat offenders is becoming a costly joke and relocation sentencing is a more proactive and productive penalty for youth offenders.
"There are little kids being thrown in a steel cage like an animal when he really hasn't done anything wrong his older brother told him to get in the car he's stolen or he gets a bashing," Mr Katter said.
"In the past, those kids would have been given a good kick up the backside and a clip around the ears by the local cop and that would have been the end of it, but now they are costing us $570,000 a year."
Mr Katter said Mount Isa was behind only Townsville and Cairns when it comes to break-ins in the past 12 months, recording an even higher number than Brisbane despite having just a fraction of the population.
According to statistics released by Mr Katter's office, Brisbane City recorded 210, Mount Isa 431, Cairns 1137 and Townsville 2383.
Mr Katter said relocation sentencing would take offenders out of Mount Isa and the other cities.
"They will be 500km away and they won't be costing you $570,000 a year. They will be taught to build their own houses and will come back skilled and better behaved," he said.
"No more of this revolving sentencing. It's a joke and its costing us a fortune. With relocation, it's ta-da, goodbye, you're not in Cairns anymore, you're not in Townsville, you're not in Mount Isa anymore."
The Federal Government's Australia-wide 'Young people returning to sentenced youth justice supervision 2016/17' report found over eight of 10 young people released from sentenced detention in 2015/16 returned to sentenced supervision in 12 months, with three out of five returning in six months.
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