ERIC Number: ED401486
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Reference Count: N/A
A National Survey of Aftercare Provisions for Boot Camp Graduates. National Institute of Justice Research Brief.
Bourque, Blair B.; And Others
A study used a three-tiered process to identify the range of available aftercare programming in 52 correctional boot camps. The process included a telephone survey, creation of boot camp and aftercare program summaries, and site visits. Existing research indicated that boot camps were not necessarily lowering rates of recidivism, but this situation could result from shortcomings in aftercare programs for boot camp graduates. Findings indicated the following: 13 boot camps had specialized aftercare programs; 18 had no special requirements; and 21 had a specified aftercare regimen, sometimes with specific aspects for boot camp graduates. Specialized care was limited by structural and statutory constraints. Sparsely populated states may have too few boot camp graduates in one location to maintain a specialized program. For the majority of boot camps, integration of the boot camp experience and aftercare consisted of joint participation in prerelease planning. Most released from boot camp were placed on intensive probation/parole in their communities; emphasis was on intensive supervision rather than intensive services. Six programs required time in a residential transitional program and a few others offered transitional programing to certain types of offenders. Few programs had developed structures for monitoring and evaluating boot camp graduates in aftercare. (Nineteen notes, including some references, are appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Justice.