Cansdell seeks tougher line on juvenile crime

A CARR Government crackdown on juvenile detention centres does not go far enough, says Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell.

Mr Cansdell said proposals by the Carr Government, which will be introduced when parliament resumes in September, were too soft.

"We owe it to the kids and the staff at the detention centres, as well as the wider population, to run the centres according to the law," he said.

Mr Cansdell said Acmena Detention Centre at South Grafton was a case in point, where sniffer dogs and a tougher policy needed to be introduced.

"Anything less than a zero tolerance approach to drugs and violence at Acmena Detention Centre is literally a cop-out," he said.

"Detention centre management also needs to be given more power to segregate unruly detainees."

NSW Minister for Juvenile Justice Diane Beamer said Mr Cansdell's claims were wrong.

"Zero tolerance already exists, which sees police brought in to all cases of assault and drug detection," she said.

"Juvenile Justice has been using sniffer dogs in our detention centres, including Acmena, for more than four years."

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