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Title: Perceived Conditions of Confinement: A National Evaluation of Juvenile Boot Camps and Traditional Facilities
Journal: Law and Human Behavior  Volume:24  Issue:3  Dated:June 2000  Pages:297-308
Author(s): Gaylene J. Styve; Doris Layton MacKenzie; Angela R. Gover; Ojmarrh Mitchell
Editor(s): Richard L. Wiener
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 96-SC-LX-0001
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In a national study of juvenile correctional facilities, the perceived environment of 22 juvenile boot camps was compared to the perceived environment of 22 traditional facilities.
Abstract: Self-report surveys completed by 4,121 juveniles recorded information on demographics, risk factors, and perceptions of facility environment. Compared to juveniles in traditional correctional facilities, boot camp residents consistently perceived the environment as significantly more controlled, active, and structured and as having less danger from other residents. Boot camp juveniles also perceived the environment as providing more therapeutic and transitional programming. Overall, from the perspective of the juveniles, boot camps appeared to provide a more positive environment conducive to effective rehabilitation, considering almost all the conditions measured. A major concern in both types of facilities was that juveniles perceived being occasionally in danger from staff. 48 references and 2 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention
Index Term(s): Facility conditions; Juvenile correctional facilities; Juvenile inmate attitudes; Juvenile offender attitudes; Juvenile offenders; Juvenile rehabilitation; NIJ grant-related documents; Self-report studies; Shock incarceration programs
Note: Earlier version of paper presented at the 1998 Annual American Society of Criminology meeting in Washington, D.C.
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