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NCJ Number: 115563 Find in a Library
Title: Prison Boot Camps: Too Early to Measure Effectiveness
Corporate Author: US Government Accountability Office
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 11
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Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study reports on military-style boot camp prisons operated in several States; assesses their effectiveness in reducing recidivism, prison costs, and overcrowding; and discusses whether the federal prison system should institute boot camp prisons.
Abstract: Researchers carried out relevant literature reviews, interviewed federal officials with responsibility for prison policy and administration, and visited boot camps in Florida and Georgia. They also compared the records of those sentenced to federal prisons during fiscal year 1986 to criteria developed by seven states for admitting state offenders to boot camps. Since most states have been operating boot camp prisons for a relatively short time, the study concludes that it is too early to tell whether the boot camp approach to incarceration will reduce prison overcrowding, costs, and recidivism. Additionally, those federal officials interviewed for the report indicated that the federal government has not yet endorsed boot camp programs for federal prisoners, but several ongoing or planned federal studies and evaluations should provide information for making policy decisions.
Main Term(s): Prison management
Index Term(s): Prisonization; State correctional facilities
Note: Briefing Report to the Honorable Lloyd Bentsen, U.S. Senate
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