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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Youth boot camp locations announced

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Tuesday, August 21, 2012

    Youth boot camp locations announced

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Jarrod Bleijie today announced Cairns and the Gold Coast as locations for the State Government’s youth boot camp trial.

    Mr Bleijie said $2 million had been allocated to the two-year trial, which would give 80 young people an opportunity for rehabilitation in a bid to deter them from a choosing life of crime.

    “We know youth crime is an issue for a number of communities across the State and we carefully considered all of the options available to us before making a final decision,” Mr Bleijie said.

    “We will be trialling a sentenced youth boot camp in Cairns and an early intervention youth boot camp on the Gold Coast.

    “The selection of these trial locations and models was based on a consultation process, which attracted valuable input from community groups.

    “Should the programs prove successful, we will look to roll them out across the state.”

    While not compulsory, the sentenced youth boot camp will be offered to those already in the youth justice system facing a custodial sentence in the Cairns, Atherton, Innisfail and Mareeba courts.

    “Currently, Cairns has the highest demand for an intervention that can divert young people away from detention and address the reasons they are offending,” he said.

    “The boot camp will provide discipline, structure and physical training and a community- focused component on family, education and social issues.

    “The kids will have chosen to do the program rather than go down the detention path, but it will not be the easy option.

    “Mentors will provide the young people with the support and guidance they need to encouragement them to stick with it.”

    The Gold Coast-based early intervention camp will target young people deemed high-risk, who have been referred by police, schools and the health system

    “At this boot camp, staff will work with parents to help change behaviours and attitudes, identify issues in the young person’s life and instil the values of self- respect and discipline,” he said.

    “We are now inviting organisations to apply through a formal tender process to be involved in implementing and operating a camp.

    “Information sessions will be held over the next month with applications closing on Wednesday 19 September 2012.

    “Choosing service providers for the boot camp trial is part of our Six Month Action plan and is an important step in making sure we can respond to the range of offences being committed by young people in Queensland.”

    Further information on the tender process, information sessions and funding applications is available at www.justice.qld.gov.au/youth justice

    Media contact: Lisa O’Donnell – 0400 986 432