Is it time to knuckle down on youth?
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.