Laws introduced to keep children out of adult jails

CHILDREN aged 17 will no longer be sent to adult jails under legislation introduced to Queensland Parliament on Thursday.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk the "historic" laws would ensure there were no 17-year-olds in adult prisons 12 months after the legislation was passed.

"For more than 20 years, 17-year-olds have been treated as adults in our courts and they have been treated as adults in our prisons," she said.

"That has left Queensland out of step with the rest of the nation. It has been in contrast to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

"We will do it not only because we promised to it, but because it is simply the right thing to do."

The move will see about 50 extra juvenile inmates added to the 150 children jailed under the youth justice system.

The changes will not impact 17-year-olds in jail now.

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