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NCJ Number: 166501 Find in a Library
Title: Boot Camp Remedial Education Programs: Who Benefits?
Journal: Journal of Correctional Education  Volume:47  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1996)  Pages:140-146
Author(s): M P Norris; D K Snyder; K E Riem; D F Montaldi
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 7
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study evaluates the success of a shock incarceration (boot camp) educational program in improving inmates' academic functioning and identifies characteristics of inmates who responded favorably to this intervention.
Abstract: Shock incarceration, commonly referred to as boot camp, is a structured intensive 30- to 180-day incarceration designed for young, nonviolent, first-time offenders. Characteristics of the programs vary widely throughout the United States, but they typically require participation in a military regimen of marching, drills, rigorous exercise, maintenance of living quarters, and various work assignments. Despite the increasing prevalence of boot camp programs across local, State, and Federal correctional settings, there has been little identification of the program elements that facilitate favorable outcomes and the inmates who are more likely to benefit from these components. This study addresses three specific questions: (1) Are inmates in a boot camp program more likely to successfully complete a General Education Development (GED) program than a comparison group of inmates not participating in a boot camp program? (2) Can boot camp participants attaining the GED diploma be distinguished on initial cognitive or personality/psychopathology measures from those who did not? and (3) Does participation in, and successful completion of, a GED program by boot camp cadets generalize to gains on other measures of academic performance? Tables, references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Criminal justice program evaluation; Criminology; General Educational Development; High school equivalency certificates; Inmate academic education; Juvenile correctional facilities; Juvenile correctional programs; Juvenile first offenders; Juveniles; Program evaluation; Shock incarceration programs
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