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Teen rioters belong in adult jail: Andrews

AAP logoAAP 15/11/2016 Angus Livingston

Teenagers who trashed a Melbourne youth prison over two nights of rioting belong in adult jails, Premier Daniel Andrews says.

The state government will "expedite" rebuilding the Parkville youth justice centre over the next three years, meaning some inmates will go to adult prisons while construction is under way.

Mr Andrews said the teenagers' behaviour was unacceptable.

"They are going to adult jail, where they belong," the premier said on Tuesday.

"The behaviour that we have seen at Parkville is completely unacceptable. I'm sick of it, the Victorian community is sick of it."

Teens rioted on Saturday night and then again early on Monday morning, barricading themselves inside a unit for most of the day.

Police Association secretary Ron Iddles says the current therapeutic model of youth rehabilitation won't work unless the government is prepared to dramatically increase staffing levels.

"Quite clearly, I think it's time to move on, time to stop holding hands and singing 'Kumbaya'," Mr Iddles told 3AW.

"That model is really based around one-on-one, it's around an extra $65,000 a year for each young person in care if it's properly implemented. I don't think it's ever been properly implemented."

Mr Iddles said the system hasn't worked, so it was time go back to the older model.

"They're incarcerated, they're given some education, but they're treated as if they are prisoners," he said.

Victoria will move some of the offenders out of Parkville so it can be repaired for short-term use, before the full rebuild comes within three years.

New laws will also be introduced so teenage prisoners who assault corrections officers will have that assault taken into account when they go before the youth parole board.

Opposition leader Matthew Guy was worried the premier was just acting tough to get the story out of the headlines.

"What concerns me is they make these pronouncements about sending these people to adult prisons and then they don't," Mr Guy told reporters.

Greens MP Nina Springle said the government's refusal to deal with problems in child protection and youth justice had created the crisis.

"There is no evidence that putting children in adult prisons will address the causes of their offending, or help their rehabilitation," Ms Springle said.

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