This is pathetic:
PM: There’s no evidence boot camps for young serious offenders will work
National is promising to create a new boot camp for youth offenders at the Waiouru Army base to crack down on 150 of the country’s most serious young offenders.
English has acknowledged there isn’t any evidence junior military training alongside New Zealand’s soldiers will work because an Academy hasn’t been tried before. …
Oh please. “Get tough on kids” boot camps have been tried many times in many forms in many countries. They are a failure, they increase re-offending rates.
English is just repeating National’s failed policies of the past – this was Key’s big policy idea in 2008:
FACT SHEET: Fresh Start for Young Offenders (2008)
Key gets booed on boot camps (2008)
Judge puts boot into boot camps (2009)
Youth re-offending after attending boot camps (2012)
Teenagers assaulted, abused at boot camp (2013)
English wants us to believe that this time it will be different, but check out the 2008 Fact Sheet. All the same rhetoric is there, the worst of the worst recidivist offenders. A comprehensive long-term programme. Blah blah blah.
English wants us to believe that this time it will be different because this has “never been tried before”, its “alongside soldiers” (only without the guns, probably, English doesn’t seem sure). Bollocks. From 2009:
The army will run boot camps to keep the worst teenage offenders on the straight and narrow under youth justice provisions to go before Parliament tomorrow.
Forty of the most serious repeat offenders each year will undergo three months’ military training as part of 18 months’ intensive supervision under the plans.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said the boot camps would follow six-month residential programmes and be followed by a further nine months’ supervision.
National promised the boot camps before the election, but it was not revealed till yesterday that they would be run by the army. …
The poor Nats are bit defensive about being called on recycling failed policy: Amy Adams: “Boot camp policy not a rehash of 2009”. Yeah it really is. Been there, done that, doesn’t work, doing it again.
What English’s is going here is pure panic politics:
Mark Sainsbury: National’s bootcamp policy is for voters, not offenders
National’s boot camp policy a dog-whistle to Winston First voters …
Maori Party: National’s boot camp plan an ‘attack on Maori and Pasifika children’
It’s all about the votes. Looking “tough” to try and shore up their scared angry base. Even ACT knows better than this: Forget boot camp, fix failing schools.
More than any other flailing to date, this mess is a sign of National’s desperation.