Youth Boot Camp (18.11.2018)
Written on the 18 November 2018
Sunday 18 November 2018
A Liberal Nationals Government will introduce a tough new Youth Boot Camp to give offenders a second chance with a purpose.
If we can give life skills and structure to young offenders to stop them heading down the path of a life of crime then we owe it to them to give this a try.At every point young offenders face a cross-road descend into to a life of crime or turn their life around. We will give offenders tough love to help them turn their life around.
The Youth Boot Camp will be based on proven cadet-style training programs that provide structure and discipline along with mental and physical fitness.
Daniel Andrews has lost control of youth crime in Victoria.
Crime Statistics Agency data shows that the largest cohort of offenders for crimes against the person is 15-19 years of age. Between 2017/18 there were 6,880 alleged incidents or 18 per day committed by 15-19 year olds.
Worse still, Daniel Andrews and Labor are failing with youth recidivism out of control with 40% of youths reoffending within 2 years and 61% reoffending within 6 years.
The Youth Boot Camp program will be designed in consultation with serving and former police and military personnel and have a focus on the values of honesty and respect underpinned by the importance of discipline and team work.
It is expected that the daily program would commence at 6am with supervised, mandatory group exercise overseen by an instructor.
There will also be an opportunity to participate in team sports like AFL, basketball, cricket, touch football and tennis.
Youths at the Boot Camp will also be expected to maintain the grounds, a greenhouse, and fruit and vegetable gardens. This fresh produce will be for use by the youths at the camp who will be expected to cook and plan meals in small groups.
The pilot project will initially host a maximum of 50 youths at the campsite at any one time.
As part of the Children's Court order, youths caught breaking established camp rules may be taken out of the program and sent to a youth justice facility for the remainder of the time they were due to spend in the program.
The aim of the program is for youth offenders to leave the Youth Boot Camp with a better appreciation for the values of respect, discipline and provide life skills to help them turn their lives around.
This $5 million pilot program will commence in 2020 and run over two years and complements the philosophy that underpins our Police in Schools program.
There are a number of government owned sites that might be suitable but a Liberal Nationals Government will allocate $1 million of this funding for asset purchases and $4 million for operational costs over the two year trial.
"We need our justice system to instil the values of discipline, honesty and respect into youth offenders to get them back on the right path.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Families and Children, Georgie Crozier:
"This Boot Camp will be for kids who shouldn't be sent to Parkville or Malmsbury but need to learn about values and discipline.
"More of the same failed Labor policies and excuses won't fix the youth justice crisis.