Newman boot camp bill hits $16.7m, independent evaluation finds

ALEX HEINKE reports.

Costs for the Newman-LNP youth boot camp trial has been revealed to have blown out more than eight times its promised cost, and found the core purpose of the program failed.

Former attorney-general Jarrod Bleije supported the camp and it’s goals of reducing re-offenders when he announced the $2 million trial last year.


However, current Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’ath said the independent evaluation found the cost skyrocketed to $16.7 million over three years.

“This evaluation has revealed a multimillion-dollar bill for Jarrod Bleijie’s bluster on youth crime,” the Attorney-General said.

“Aside from the shameful waste, it has shattered the myth on which the trial was based ­– youth boot camps do not break the cycle of offending.

“There is no simply justification to put more money into programs that are failing to address reoffending.”

Mrs D’Ath said the Palaszczuk Government had already moved to build a youth justice system that addresses the cause of offending, ensures young people are held responsible for their behaviour and uses the benefits of rehabilitation to build stronger communities.