Boot Camp

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With more and more juveniles getting out of control, parents are finding that boot camp might be the answer in turning their young ones around. Juvenile crime is a major urban problem. These kids have no respect for the law and do not fear anyone or anything. Boot camp is used due to an increasing incidence of juvenile crime, accompanied by an overloaded juvenile court system and the growing costs of youth detention. According to the National Institute of Justice, juveniles in custody for delinquent offenses increased 35% from 1989 to 1999, a period when the youth population was declined by 11%. The mission of boot camp is to change individual criminal beliefs and behavior by emphasizing individual responsibility, showing consequences for actions, providing education, providing role models and giving other options.

Juvenile boot camps are correctional programs for delinquent youths in a military style environment. These programs stress discipline and physical conditioning and were developed as an alternative for confinement in juvenile correctional facilities.

They have a structured 16-hour day beginning at 5:30 a.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m. The length of days varies from 30 to 300 days. The first adult boot camp started in Georgia in 1983. Today more than seventy-five (75) boot camps are operating in more than 30 states. Juvenile boot camps have specific goals, certain admission criteria, method of offender placement, are cost effective, aftercare is very important and reduces the recidivism rate.

GOALS There are five (5) sentencing goals in the juvenile boot camp. The first is deterrence, which is to discourage or stop crime. The second is incapacitation, which is to be legally incapable or ineligible. The third goal, which is the most important one, is rehabilitation. This is to restore a person. Those working in the correction facility look to reduce...