Boot camp is paying off for young crims: Bleijie

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie. Tom Huntley

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Jarrod Bleijie believes boot camp is paying dividends when it comes to reforming young crims.

Mr Bleijie, the Member for Kawana, visited the North Queensland boot camp at Lincoln Springs last week and said it was achieving "outstanding results".

"Since the camp opened in December, none of the young people who have completed the residential phase have reoffended and some are now in work placement," he said.

"These are kids who were repeat offenders who had been convicted of serious crimes, so this is a fantastic result.''

Statistics show similar results at the government's other early intervention camps, including one north of the Sunshine Coast.

Of the 31 people who have taken part in the Fraser-Sunshine Coast boot camp, 90% have achieved a non-reoffending rate.

That percentage was the same for the 35 attending a camp on the Gold Coast.

Mr Bleijie said the government would soon unveil the "next phase" in its youth justice overhaul. He said it would focus on prevention and addressing the cause of repeat offending.

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