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Labor to review LNP ‘boot camps’

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (12.3.15):

‘Queensland’s boot camps and other juvenile justice measures are under review, with Labor set to put the LNP’s youth law and order reforms under the microscope.

‘The Newman Government applauded its boot camps, which included early intervention camps on the Gold, Fraser and Sunshine Coasts as well as Rockhampton and a sentenced camp for Cairns and Townsville as a success.

‘They formed part of the “tough on crime” strategy the former government employed as a cornerstone of its 2012 election platform.

‘Former Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie: “Every young person that walks away from a life of crime means fewer cars stolen, fewer homes broken into and fewer families feeling threatened.”

‘But the camps raised concerns, both over tender processes and their necessity.

‘Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said those concerns needed investigating.  “As Attorney-General, my focus for youth justice will be on early intervention and prevention and what we can do to reduce crime in our communities”.’

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