ABC News, 30 July 2014
The operators of a north Queensland boot camp say they are in talks with James Cook University to set up an academy for young offenders.
Beyond Billabong has just signed an agreement with the State Government to boost the capacity of its boot camp at Lincoln Springs, near Ingham.
The facility currently holds seven young offenders from Townsville and Cairns but that number will be increased to 12.
The group's chief executive, Boyd Curran, says the academy would provide specialised education for young people leaving the boot camp and help stop them reoffending.
"It's about building character through education and with a real focus on setting very high expectations, putting a lot of support and mentoring around youth and encouraging and making sure they see the value of getting a good education for themselves," he said.
He says demand for the boot camp's services has been high.
"At the moment we're hitting capacity regularly and I guess it's very early days with our figures but I think everyone is quite excited about the statistics so far in that 83 per cent of our kids that have been sentenced to boot camp have not reoffended," he said
By David Chen