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PM pledges to send young criminals to military camp

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Amy Adams © RNZ Amy Adams

National is promising to send hardcore youth criminals to a training academy at the Waiouru Military Camp.

The policy was released by National's leader, Bill English, in Auckland this morning alongside National's Justice spokesperson Amy Adams.

Ms Adams said National would introduce a 'Young Serious Offender' classification which would see a very small group of "the most hardened young offenders" dealt with in ways that better reflected the seriousness of their crimes.

About 50 young offenders would be sent each year to the Waiouru training academy, which would be organised by the army.

She said the academy would address problems such as addiction or literacy.

Offenders who did not complete the course would serve out their sentence in an adult prison.

National also wants to tighten bail requirements, increase the use of electronic monitoring and remove the ability for serious offenders to be released early from youth justice facilities.

It would also introduce instant infringement notices for the parents of children under 14 walking the streets between midnight and 5am.

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