We knew from overseas that military-style boot camps are expensive, don’t reduce recidivism, and breed sadistic violence towards inmates.
It’s not just overseas experience; these were all reasons we got rid of borstals.
Hell, a basic understanding of human psychology tells you putting young ‘bad’ people in a highly regimented environment where discipline and good behaviour is to be forced upon them, especially if the enforcers are from an organisation that takes discipline very seriously and is about using violence against ‘bad guys’, then you’re going to get bad outcomes. (even ordinary people become fascists in that kind of power position)
National knew this when they introduced boot camps but they did it anyway for the populism. Now, boot camps have failed again, can we stop this stupidity?