There are fears that Queensland’s youth detention centres are filling too quickly, following a change in bail laws.
Figures from last week, published by Newscorp, show that of 306 beds at the West Moreland Centre in Wacol, 282 of them were taken.
Concerns are growing that there will soon be capacity issues, due to a recent tightening in the state’s bail laws.
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Legislation changes brought in this month include GPS tracker trials for repeat offenders, the removal of the presumption of bail, and further requirements for parents of offenders.
Experts say that the tough new bail conditions will see more people behind bars, and more beds taken.
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