NI­CHOLLS’ $20M DE­TEN­TION CEN­TRE ELEC­TION

The Cairns Post - - FRONT PAGE - GRACE MA­SON grace.ma­son@news.com.au

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.

Pic­ture: JUSTIN BRIERTY

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