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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Attorney-General invites input into boot camp trial

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    Attorney-General invites input into boot camp trial

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Jarrod Bleijie will lead a roundtable discussion with community organisations and MPs on the anticipated youth boot camp trial at Parliament House tomorrow (21 June).

    Mr Bleijie said he had already met with a number of MPs from across the State to identify juvenile crime issues in the regions.

    “The Government has promised consultation at all stages of the boot camp development as we want the people working at the coal face involved, not just the policy makers,” Mr Bleijie said.

    “I know anti-crime groups are calling on us to fast-track this process but we have to get it right and we can’t take shortcuts.

    “This Ministerial roundtable is an opportunity to discuss how the boot camps will be structured to ensure they achieve what we want them to.

    “Participants will be away from their family and friends for a 12-week regime of strict training and treatment to help with drug, alcohol, mental health and education issues.

    “The boot camps will give these young people an opportunity to learn values, respect and responsibility.

    “Ultimately we want to change the culture of youth crime and reduce the number of repeat offenders.”

    Mr Bleijie said under the Labor Government, young offenders were sent to detention centres which were more like colleges of crime than centres for rehabilitation.

    “We will divert 80 juveniles, who would otherwise receive custodial sentences, away from the detention system into this three-month boot camp program,” he said.

    “The Newman Government will work to break the cycle of crime and give these kids a better chance of turning their lives around.”

    Mr Bleijie said further research would include visits to boot camp style operations across the State and added a submission would go to Cabinet in the next few months.

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