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Title: Boot Camp Incarceration Training: A Process in Behavioral Change
Author(s): W W Sondervan
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 210
Sponsoring Agency: Maryland Dept of Public Safety and Correctional Services
Baltimore, MD 21215
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United States of America

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Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using group dynamics as a theoretical frame of reference, this case study examined the change experienced by participants at the Herman L. Toulson Correctional Boot Camp in Jessup, Md.
Abstract: Data were gathered from one platoon of 52 inmates as they progressed through a 6-month boot camp program. Qualitative analysis was implemented using ethnography software. An inferential process was designed to discover the concepts and phenomena in the descriptive material. Results suggested that the shock incarceration program is an effective instrument and that the goals and objectives of the Division of Correction are being met. The length of time the inmates spend in prison is dramatically shortened. The boot camp training program succeeded in encouraging inmates to become responsible, productive citizens. Whether or not this change persists is determined by the will of the inmates, the effectiveness of aftercare, and a host of other unforeseen and unpredictable life circumstances. In all likelihood, though, the boot camp experience reduces the rate of recidivism. Furthermore, it can probably be demonstrated that over the long term, the program reduces prison costs. Finally, the boot camp provides a more positive work environment for its personnel and participants than does a prison. Tables, footnotes, appended instruments and related information, and 59 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Corrections effectiveness
Index Term(s): Maryland; Shock incarceration programs
Note: Doctoral dissertation, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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