Bootcamps? Bloody bootcamps? That’s National’s deep thinking on how to stop young offenders from swelling the over 10 000 NZers currently locked up in our racist and ultra violent, underfunded private prison industry.
Folks, Bootcamps don’t work. You know how we know that? Because bloody National tried this before and they totally failed, 50% of those who were forced through the Bootcamps last time reoffended within 12 months.
We also know historically when these Bootcamps were tried in the 1980s they became horror stories of state sanctioned abuse.
The reason National are out trying to sell Bootcamps is because they know that tough on crime bullshit plays well with ‘blue dragon’ Chinese NZers who vote National, it plays well with their snarling rural base and it plays well in the provinces.
If it were up to National voters, public hangings would be brought back.
That’s what makes this announcement so shameful, all academic research plus the experiences of doing this twice before show us that bootcamps are just raw meat pandering to an ignorant and angry electorate.
Bootcamps don’t help those forced through them, bootcamps don’t stop our insane prison population, bootcamps make angry National supporters feel good.
This isn’t social policy, it’s malicious spite chasing votes.
Brothers and sisters – if you honestly believe National’s newly announced ‘bootcamps’ are the solution, then you are the problem.
If this counter-productive shit is what National are putting out as youth policy, it is no wonder our youth suicide rate is through the roof.