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NCJ Number: 180214 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Boot Camps and Wilderness Work Camp: In Response to Budget Item 476 #1c of the 1996 Appropriations Act
Author(s): Diana Gray
Corporate Author: Virginia Dept of Juvenile Justice
United States of America
Date Published: October 1996
Page Count: 37
Sponsoring Agency: Virginia Dept of Juvenile Justice
Richmond, VA 23218-1110
Sale Source: Virginia Dept of Juvenile Justice
P.O. Box 1110 7th & Franklin Streets
Richmond, VA 23218-1110
United States of America
Type: State Plan
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report outlines Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice's proposed boot camps and wilderness work camp.
Abstract: The 1996 General Assembly appropriated initial funding to the Department of Juvenile Justice for both juvenile boot camps and a wilderness work camp. It directed that the Department prepare a report outlining the proposed camps in detail and assess existing programs in other States, including the extent to which they reduced recidivism. Few States have rigorously evaluated the recidivism outcomes of their boot camp participants. Very little information is available on the impact of boot camps on the offense behavior of juvenile offenders participating in them. Those that have formal evaluations reported essentially no differences in recidivism between juveniles who participated and those who went to standard programs. Virginia's boot camps will serve juvenile offenders ages 12 through 17 who have no prior or current felony offenses and who have never been committed to the Department or attended a boot camp program. Juvenile offenders with sexual offense charges are excluded. A 25-bed secure residential facility in a remote wilderness area is aimed at serious violent and chronic juvenile offenders found guilty as adults by circuit courts, but sentenced as juveniles to the Department of Juvenile Justice. Tables, notes, bibliography, appendix
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Intermediate sanctions; Juvenile offender forestry camps; Programs; Recidivism; Shock incarceration programs; State correctional facilities; Virginia; Wilderness programs; Youth camping programs
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