Essay on Boot Camp

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Boot Camp

With the ever rising prison population in this country, something has to be done rehabilitate criminals rather than just lock them up. Many feel that the “new” prisons, boot camps are the answer (Champion 1990). I will give a brief overview of boot camp institutions, specifically, about the operation and structure of these, the cost involved with both juvenile and adult facilities, and how effective they really are with regard to recidivism.
Boot camps or shock incarceration programs, as they are also called, vary greatly around the country. At the start of 1997, 54 adult boot camp facilities operated in 34 states and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, with a total of 7,250 inmates. Most include physical training, hard
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This program will be used to illustrate boot camps’ structure and daily activities. The program accepts non-violent offenders under age 35 who are sentenced to prison and eligible for parole within three years. Participants, in lieu of incarceration, spend six months in a boot camp and six months under intensive community supervision. The following is an example of a typical daily schedule taken from a boot camp.

Daily Schedule for Offenders in New York Shock Incarceration Facilities A.M.
5:30 Wake up and standing count
5:45 — 6:30 Calisthenics and drill
6:30 — 7:00 Run
7:00 — 8:00 Mandatory breakfast/cleanup
8:15 Standing count and company formation
8:30 — 11:55 Work/school schedules
12:00 — 12:30 Mandatory lunch and standing count
12:30 — 3:30 Afternoon work/school schedule
3:30 — 4:00 Shower
4:00 — 4:45 Network community meeting
4:45 — 5:45 Mandatory dinner, prepare for evening
6:00 — 9:00 School, group counseling, drug counseling, prerelease counseling, decision making classes
9:15 — 9:30 Squad bay, prepare for bed
9:30 Standing count, lights out

While in boot camp, participants spend 31% of their time on facility and community projects. 30.3% of all people incarcerated attend substance abuse treatment programs, and other programs teaching responsibility. This includes self-responsibility, responsibility to others, and responsibility for the

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