Boot Camps for Juvenile Offenders: An Implementation Evaluation of Three Demonstration Programs

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DIANE Publishing, Jan 1, 1996 - Alternatives to imprisonment - 116 pages
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Examines the feasibility, appropriateness, & promise of the boot camp model for juvenile offenders. Three sites were evaluated: Cleveland, OH, Mobile, AL, & Denver, Co. Provides detailed descriptions of the programs at each site, including the assumptions, rationales, & contexts that determined how each site went about developing their program. Discusses how well the programs succeeded in the short term, during the boot camp, as well as the subsequent aftercare program. Provides recommendations for improving boot camp structure & process.
 

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Page 1 - In the fall of 1990, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in the US Department of Justice launched a demonstration program to examine the feasibility, appropriateness, and promise of the boot camp model for juvenile offenders.
Page 11 - ... only when necessary for his welfare or in the interest of public safety...
Page 3 - Secretary announced the establishment of two 'experimental' regimes in which: 'life will be constructed at a brisk tempo. Much greater emphasis will be put on hard and constructive activities, and discipline and tidiness, on self-respect and respect for those in authority . . . These will be no holiday camps' (Whitelaw, cited in Thornton et al., 1984, para.
Page 35 - Broken into a building or vehicle (or tried to break in) to steal something or just to look around.
Page 36 - Used force (strong-arm methods) to get money or things from a teacher or other adult at school.
Page 1 - Research] evaluation presents observations of the first 1 8 months of the demonstration period. Detailed description of the programs at each site, including the assumptions, rationales, and contexts that determined how each site went about developing a program are presented, Comparing the major components of the camps, the report discusses how well the programs succeeded in the short term - during the boot camp as well as the subsequent aftercare program.
Page 3 - Party in the following terms: 'life will be conducted at a brisk tempo. Much greater emphasis will be put on hard and constructive activities, on discipline and tidiness, on self-respect and respect for those in authority. We will introduce on a regular basis drill, parades and inspections. Offenders will have to earn their limited privileges by good behaviour . . . these will be no holiday camps and I sincerely hope that those who attend them will not ever want to go back there.
Page 36 - Scale (FAC) 1. attacked someone with the idea of seriously hurting or killing him or her?
Page 34 - Often trouble starts because a person happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. a) No matter how much a person tries, it's hard to change the way things are going to turn out.

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