Violent Content Infiltrates Melbourne Youth Justice Centre

The Melbourne Youth Justice Centre in Melbourne, Australia is under fire this morning for allowing juvenile offenders access to violent video games and DVDs. Community Services Minister Lisa Neville is certainly listening to complaints from crime victims groups and child experts; she has called for an investigation and ordered that such material being immediately confiscated.

The fervor over this came after a Sun Herald report that youths in the facility were playing games like Grand Theft Auto and watching "real life crime shows" on "Pay TV." So how did they get access to this content? Apparently the staff at the facility were using games, DVDs and Pay TV as bribes to encourage "good behavior."

Child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg, commenting on a story from the Sun Herald, said that there "was evidence that exposure to violent video games had a negative effect on behaviour." Of course what that evidence is was not disclosed – as is usually the case with so-called experts covering the correlation between video games and violent behavior. Homicide Victims Support Group spokeswoman Janine Greening described the whole ordeal as a "betrayal of crime victims," and called for television to be censored.

The government promises swift action if guidelines have in fact been violated, but an unnamed staff member at the facility confirmed that games were being played as recently as "last week" and added that the cause of this whole controversy has more to do with staff being afraid of inmates and less to do with good behavior.

Source: Herald Sun

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    bpm195 says:

     I really like the irony of using violent video games to actually encourage good behavior in troubled children, while children with easier lives are disallowed from playing these games because they obviously encourage bad behavior.

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    TBoneTony says:

    If we are talking about youths in jail for a crime they have committed, then taking away something they like will only infuriate them more and hamper their development back into society.

    By allowing them to enjoy something they like within the walls of their own prision, then they are less able to do those same crimes in real life.

    I just don’t like how they say "REAL LIFE CRIME SHOWS" in there, like in a time when Channel NINE is broadcasting shows like Underbelly as well as boadcasting documentries of REAL LIFE CRIME like Crime Investigations where they go into the way the police document real crimes that have already been solved and how they did it, I don’t see this as just a videogame issue, I see this as a REAL TV issue of how chanels are trying to target an audeice that likes real life crime shows…


    Also, while chanel 9 and other Australian TV shows like to focus on real life crime shows, they often forget that if there was a videogame of one of their crime shows, it would be allot like the Grand Theft Auto series…


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    Neeneko says:

    Ah yes, take rehabilitation tools away from the prisions so they have even fewer ways to deal with prisioners in a non-escalating way.

    The problem I have with victim support statements like that is I picture someone drooling at the prospect of hurting others and being called moral for it.   Crime without the punishment. 

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