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NCJ Number: 156752 Find in a Library
Title: Hope for the Juvenile Criminal: A Review of the Manatee County Juvenile Boot Camp
Author(s): M Seals
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency:
Hollywood, FL 33020
National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Manatee County (Fla.) Juvenile Boot Camp opened in March 1993 and is the first of its kind in Florida.
Abstract: The 30-bed facility is for males ages 13-17 who have committed many serious violations such as strong-arm robbery and auto theft but have no mental or physical problems. The 4-month program is operated by 15 correctional personnel who have received more than 200 hours of training for the boot camp assignment. The boot camp costs $56 per day per juvenile. The $270,000 compound consists of a dormitory, a smaller building for meals and classes, and a small obstacle course for physical training, all surrounded by a high chain link fence. Each day includes wake-up call at 5 a.m.; breakfast at 5:30; exercises and drills until 11:30; lunch and an hour of personal time; an afternoon of counseling, classroom work, and homework; and lights out at 9 p.m. Interviews revealed youths' satisfaction with the program. In addition, a preliminary study revealed that graduates did better on the average than other incarcerated youths and cost taxpayers less money. A total of 51.7 percent of boot camp recruits, 66 percent of youths in moderate-risk programs, and 58.5 percent of youths in high-risk programs were found guilty of a crime within 1 year of graduating. 5 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention
Index Term(s): Florida; Shock incarceration programs
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