Story: Youth offenders

Boot camp

Boot camp

In 2009 the government introduced boot camps for the 40 most serious young offenders in New Zealand. The programme included military-style discipline and training, along with mentoring, education and rehabilitation. Supporters said that boot camps were a good way of getting tough on young offenders. Critics said they did not work and that the most successful programmes involved offenders' families.

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Gabrielle Maxwell, 'Youth offenders - Programmes for young offenders', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 June 2021)

Story by Gabrielle Maxwell, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Aug 2017