NICHOLLS’ $20M DETENTION CENTRE ELECTION
YOUNG offenders will be housed in a new 90-bed medium security detention centre to be built in the Cairns area under the LNP.
The Cairns Post can reveal the $20 million facility will cater for prisoners aged 17-25, who would be given vocational training while inside.
The exact location is yet to be determined. LNP leader Tim Nicholls said the facility was an alternative to Labor’s suburban youth bail houses. A second facility would be built in southeast Queensland.
“The focus of our reintegration centres will be around vocational training and providing young prisoners with the support they need to reintegrate back into the community on release,” he said.
“This will go a long way to break the revolving door of crime.”
It is understood the vocational training programs would be provided by Queensland Corrective Services.
The centre would cater for prisoners on remand and it would be up to QCS to decide if prisoners were too dangerous and belonged in adult, maximum security facilities.
The Cairns Post understands it would be run as a jail with prisoners under the supervision of guards and was not a repeat of the failed boot camp program rolled out by the previous LNP government.
LNP Corrective Services Minister Tim Mander said protecting the community was essential.
“We know crime is an issue, we have listened to the community and we won’t back suburban detention centres,” he said.
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