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NCJ Number: 165598 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Boot Camp: The Abraxas Model (From Juvenile and Adult Boot Camps, P 133-150, 1996 -- See NCJ-165590)
Author(s): C A Myers
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: American Correctional Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Sale Source: American Correctional Assoc
206 N. Washington St., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Abraxas Foundation has developed a Leadership Development Program to provide short-term, cost-effective residential treatment for delinquent and dependent youth.
Abstract: Most referrals to the program are court-adjudicated delinquents, although a few referrals have been made for dependency clients who are deemed to be incorrigible youth. The program is based on a boot camp design, but it is much closer to a military school in focus. Over a 15-week period, the program attempts to develop self-discipline, self-respect, life skills, and education and to challenge and change irresponsible attitudes. The program also seeks to create an environment that is physically, academically, and morally challenging. At its core, the program has the regimentation and structure of military-style leadership training and ends with a high adventure wilderness experience. The treatment program is based on a combination of several models, including the therapeutic community, reality theory, and criminal personality theory. The four phases of the program are discussed, as well as the program's treatment philosophy, educational programming, family involvement, religious observances, and wilderness activities. 8 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention effectiveness
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Inmate Programs; Juvenile correctional programs; Juvenile delinquents; Juvenile offenders; Juvenile treatment methods; Leadership; Military role in corrections; Shock incarceration programs
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