Is it time to knuckle down on youth?

Hamilton Press - - OUT & ABOUT -

JO WRIGLEY, GREEN

The Ju­nior Train­ing Acad­emy or boot camp is a waste of time and re­source, these pro­grammes are an old idea that have been dis­cred­ited over and over again: they don’t work and are likely to in­crease re­of­fend­ing.

Youth Jus­tice work­ers know that su­per­fi­cial re­sponses to be­hav­iour do not help.

The pro­grammes that are work­ing ad­dress trauma and pro­vide ther­a­peu­tic re­sponses to en­sure we get the right so­cial, emo­tional and cul­tural con­nec­tions.

The Green Party be­lieves that restora­tive jus­tice and trauma cen­tred ap­proaches of­fer a way for­ward for youth of­fend­ers and vic­tims of crime. We be­lieve that the most ur­gent need for youth jus­tice work is fund­ing and com­mit­ment from the gov­ern­ment.

The Greens be­lieve that the best way of keep­ing fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties safe is to ad­dress the causes of crime and where pos­si­ble pre­vent it from hap­pen­ing in the first place.

The sto­ries we tell can shape how safe we feel, so it’s about the way we talk about it and what sto­ries we pri­ori­tise that add to peo­ple’s sense of un­ease.

Ahead of this month’s gen­eral election, Kel­ley Tantau quizzes Hamil­ton West can­di­dates on their stance on youth of­fend­ers. Tim Macin­doe, Na­tional Hamil­ton West MP.

Jo Wrigley, Green Party can­di­date for Hamil­ton West.

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