skip navigation


Abstract Database

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

To download this abstract, check the box next to the NCJ number then click the "Back To Search Results" link. Then, click the "Download" button on the Search Results page. Also see the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 206717 Find in a Library
Title: "Look What Boot Camp's Done for Me:" Teaching and Learning at Lakeview Academy
Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:55  Issue:2  Dated:June 2004  Pages:170-185
Author(s): Deborah Kilgore; Susan Meade
Date Published: June 2004
Page Count: 16
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined a militaristic academy for juvenile offenders.
Abstract: A boot camp is a military style correctional facility in which inmates are subject to a highly structured and challenging regimen of physical training, in addition to vocational, educational, and therapeutic programming. Boot camps have been used in several States to shock and rehabilitate youthful offenders. This study focused on an institutional ethnography of Lakeview Academy, (Iowa) a 90 day boot camp for adolescent boys in Iowa. The goal of instrumentational ethnography is to understand the social and cultural knowledge of an institution, as it is practiced in the everyday lives of those who are members of that institution. The analysis of this article is rounded in the daily lives of the boys who are incarcerated in the boot camp. The study followed 2 cohorts totaling 17 adolescent boys through their 90-day boot camp program. Life history interviews were conducted during the first week of camp, and exit interviews were done shortly before the end of the program, with all the boys. All the boys at Lakeview learned something. Whether they primarily concentrated on being released in 90 days or on the boot camp experience as it unfolded, they all reported they felt like they were learning quite a lot. Lakeview intends to be a “shock treatment” for juvenile delinquents, but for many, it is a more comfortable place than their home environment. The boys deny the possibility that they might go to a prison in the future, and refuse to consider what prison might be like. Lakeview does not give them the window onto a probable future if they continue their criminal behaviors, but provides them an opportunity to learn new skills for a brighter future without incarceration. References
Main Term(s): Behavior modification training
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Iowa; Juvenile diversion programs
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.