The Youth Justice Indicators Summary report shows that actually youth offending has been dropping under the last Government. It compares 2009/10 to 2016/17. The findings are:
- Child (10 to 13) offending rate down 59%
- Youth (14 to 16) offending rate down 63%
- Pasifika youth offending rate down 61%
- Maori youth offending rate down 59%
This is very encouraging as if someone starts offending as a child or youth, they are far more likely to keep offending and end up in prison.