Chapter 10 Writing Assignment – Coursework Example
due: Are boot camps effective? Boot camps are correction facilities for juveniles sentenced to programs for between 90 to 180 days. They are institutions for defiant and non-respective teens that have a problem with authority. Boot camps mainly involve rigorous physical exercises to boost self-esteem, confidence and leadership. The boot camps mainly emphasis on military like rules. After their stay at the boot camps, the offender is usually returned to the community but with some form of supervision and aftercare. The goal of these boot camps is mainly to reduce prison crowding and changing the behavior of offenders (Bartollas & Miller 203).
I would not recommend boot camps because they do not reduce their relapse to their previous criminal behaviors. They are not also cost effective because parents of the teens attending boot camps have to pay. Moreover, private boot camps are more expensive than the public boot camps. This, therefore, creates a financial strain to the private boot camps making their sustainability expensive and hard to maintain. Boot camps have a confrontational approach; which at times is not effective to teenagers. This is evident from the fact that positive changes the juveniles apply in the boot camps may not last when they return to their community. This is because, at times, the aftercare is not effective and consistent. An excellent alternative of boot camps is family support centers that offer supportive services to adolescent youth offenders and their families. These centers provide crisis intervention, educational assessments and short-term care.
In conclusion I do not recommend the continued use of boot camps as these facilities ought to change their policies and conduct their activities from a counseling point of view and not from putting the juvenile into a jail setting. This care centered approach will make the juveniles change their ill mannerisms.
Bartollas, Clemens, and Stuart J. Miller. Juvenile Justice in America. , 2014. Print.