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NCJ Number: 181632 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Boot Camps and the Reclamation of Our Youth: Some Food for Thought
Journal: Juvenile and Family Court Journal  Volume:51  Issue:1  Dated:Winter 2000  Pages:21-29
Author(s): Joanne Ardovini-Brooker Ph.D.; Lewis Walker Ph.D.
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 9
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This is an overview of boot camp programs, their effectiveness and important conceptual and methodological issues.
Abstract: Boot camp programs (also referred to as shock incarceration programs) involve a short stay (typically 90-120 days) during which juveniles are subjected to a physically and emotionally demanding regimen of strict discipline, exercise, drills and labor, similar to military basic training practices. It is believed that during their time in a boot camp, juvenile offenders will be “shocked” straight. The article examines boot camp programs in Georgia, Louisiana, and New Jersey. The article cannot conclude that juvenile boot camp programs are a viable alternative to other dispositions such as probation and restitution. The program should be viewed as part of a response matrix in the field of corrections, effective only when part of a more comprehensive plan for saving young people from adult prisons, from a premature and violent death and from a life of victimizing others. References
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Corrections; Deterrence effectiveness; Georgia (USA); Intermediate sanctions; Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Juvenile offenders; Louisiana; New Jersey; Shock incarceration programs
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