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Deaths in young people after contact with the youth justice system: a retrospective data linkage study

Stuart Kinner, Holly Tibble, Katie Hail-Jares, Rohan Borschmann, Matthew Spittal, Alan Clough, Susan Sawyer, Adrian Miller, Yvonne Cadet-James

International Journal for Population Data Science | Swansea University

Abstract

IntroductionYoung people who have contact with the youth justice system are distinguished by a high prevalence of complex, co-occurring health problems, including known risk factors for preventable mortality. However, almost nothing is known about health outcomes for these young people after separation from the youth justice system. Objectives and ApproachWe aimed to examine the incidence, timing, causes and risk factors for death in justice-involved young people. We linked youth justice records in Queensland, Australia 1993-2016 (N=48,963) with adult correctional records and the National Death Index. We split the cohort into three subgroups: those who had ever been in detention (n=7,643), ..

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