Despite their bootcamp policy being a complete failure, National are going to send our most “hardened” youth offenders to the Army to be trained up.
If that fails, they’ll send them to adult prisons to learn their craft better.
How does this make any sense?
Aotearoa was one of the earliest onto diverting children and youth away from the adult justice system, with excellent results, that have been copied around the world. People who commit crime in their youth often don’t continue on to commit crime in adulthood – unless you train them into it.
If you’ve got something that’s made a massive improvement, why would you revert? Why would you firstly make them much fitter & stronger, and then hand them over to real hardened criminals to complete their education?
[teaser picture: National’s 2008 policy to increase training for youth to keep them away from trouble… what happened to that?]