ERIC Number: ED363834
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Growing Use of Jail Boot Camps: The Current State of the Art. Research in Brief.
Austin, James; And Others
This report presents the results of a National Institute of Justice national survey to determine the number of jail boot camps currently in existence or planned. It also relates some of the difficulties experienced in operating a shock incarceration program within the limited confines of a county or local jail, and provides information on the costs involved in running jail boot camp programs. Boot camp programs, also called "shock incarceration programs," are described as programs that place offenders in a quasi-military program similar to a military basic training program that instills discipline, routine, and unquestioning obedience to orders. Results are presented from 10 jurisdictions that reported operating boot camps. It is noted that all of the boot camps were administered by local Sheriff or County Department of Corrections agencies with local funding and the programs ranged in size from 12 to 350 inmates whose expected length of stay ranged from 2 to 4 months. Program goals are identified and selection criteria are described. Program services, aftercare supervision, and program results are discussed. Results of the Los Angeles County sheriff's Regimented Inmate Diversion program are included. Policy implications for operating a jail boot camp are considered. Tables and graphs are included that illustrate organizational attributes; jail boot camp goals; selection criteria and placement procedures; and services, aftercare, and completion rates for the 10 jail boot camp programs. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Justice.