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NCJ Number: 166092 Find in a Library
Title: Polk County Juvenile Boot Camp: A Follow-up Study of the First Four Platoons
Corporate Author: Florida Dept of Juvenile Justice
Bureau of Data and Research
United States of America
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 45
Sponsoring Agency: Florida Dept of Juvenile Justice
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Sale Source: Florida Dept of Juvenile Justice
Bureau of Data and Research
2737 Centerview Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32399
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The juvenile shock incarceration program in Polk County (Fla.) was studied with respect to the results for the first four platoons to graduate.
Abstract: The Polk County Juvenile Boot Camp was the first in Florida to offer a three-phase integrated program consisting of a boot camp, a residential transitional phase, and an aftercare component. The analysis revealed that 71 recruits entered the camp between September 1994 and April 1995. Sixty-four graduated; two who did not graduate were removed from the program for medical or psychological problems, two escaped, and three were removed for physical confrontations with the staff. The typical graduate was a 16-year-old male. Forty-one percent of the graduates were black. The graduates averaged 8.5 delinquency cases before admission. Slightly less than half involved felonies; burglary was the most frequent specific offense. Thirty-one graduates earned high school credits. The average total length of stay was 237 days. Sixty-four percent of the graduates successfully completed aftercare. Available data indicate that 81 percent of the graduates either received a GED or continued their education after graduating. Sixty-three percent of the graduates were rearrested within 1 year of graduation. Fifty percent have subsequently been adjudicated or convicted on the new charges. These results did not differ significantly from a matched comparison group. The graduates were most likely to be rearrested for misdemeanors. The program has been modified and refined since the youth graduated. Tables, figures, footnotes, appended tables, and 6 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention effectiveness
Index Term(s): Florida; Juvenile Recidivism; Shock incarceration programs
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