I don't think the parents should be made financially responsible for the kids in this context. There are many parents out there trying to stop and help their children, why should they also be punished? Like redlips said, youth who commit crime generally don't give two hoots if their parents have to pay, it won't make them stop and think 'oh dear, mum and/or dad will have to pay for this. Better not do it'.
I'm a big fan of boot camps. I personally think they are great. They should be fully funded, as a lot of parents may not be able to afford it otherwise. My reason for fully funding them? It would save bucket loads of money down the track. If these kids have intervention early they may end up going down a completely different path in life, not in and out of jail which costs way to much and pretty much will continue their life of crime.
A way of making them responsible for their actions financially could be to garnish their wages/centrelink pay once they turn 18.
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