A 17-year-old boy is a serious condition at a Melbourne hospital after a fight between inmates at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre in central Victoria.
The fight involving a group of detainees happened early Friday evening but authorities did not reveal the extent of his injuries.
He was taken to a Melbourne hospital and paramedics said he was the only inmate treated.
Police are investigating the fight and so far no charges have been laid.
The incident followed a series of violent riots, assaults on staff and mass escapes from the state’s youth justice centres.
The Liberal spokesperson for families and children, Georgie Crozier, said the youth justice system in the state was “far from under control”.
“It’s just another example of a litany of issues that are plaguing our youth justice system here in Victoria,” she said.
“We’ve got a youth justice system that is in crisis, broken.
“We’ve got ongoing issues whether it’s serious violence assaults escapes riots.
“The issue is just ongoing and [Premier] Daniel Andrews needs to ensure that the community has some confidence in the system.”
The State Government has been under pressure over the youth justice system in the state after prisoners staged a 17-hour riot at the main Parkville detention centre in Melbourne last year.
Most of the inmates where then transferred to a new youth justice centre at Barwon Prison which was almost immediately labelled unsuitable for young people.
Just last week a court released footage from inside the centre, the Grevillea Unit, which showed teenagers being capsicum-sprayed during a disturbance now under investigation.