Boot camps have developed over the past two decades into a program that incorporates a military regimen to create a structured environment. While some critics of this method of corrections suggest that the confrontational nature of the program is antithetical to treatment, authors Doris Layton MacKenzie and Gaylene Styve Armstrong present research knowledge and personal discussions with community leaders that offer insight into both the strengths and weaknesses of this controversial form of corrections.

Correctional Boot Camps: Military Basic Training or a Model for Corrections? provides the most up-to-date assessment of the major perspectives and issues related to the current state of boot camps. The book goes beyond cursory examinations of the effectiveness of boot camps, presenting an in-depth view of a greater variety of issues. Correctional Boot Camps examines empirical evidence on boot camps drawn from diverse sources including male, female, juvenile, and adult programs from across the nation.

The book explores empirical research on both the punitive and rehabilitative components of the boot camp model and the effectiveness of the “tough on crime” aspects of the programs that are often thought of as punishment or retribution, in lieu of a longer sentence in a traditional facility. Thus, offenders earn their way back to the general public more quickly because they have paid their debt to society by being punished in a short-term, but strict, boot camp.

Correctional Boot Camps is a comprehensive textbook for undergraduate and graduate students studying corrections and juvenile justice. The book is also a valuable resource for correctional professionals interacting with offenders.

Boot Camp Prisons for Women Offenders

Boot Camp Prisons for Women Offenders
Boot camp prisons for women offenders
Doris LaytonMacKenzie, HeidiDonaldson

Shock incarceration programs, commonly referred to as boot camp prisons, are modeled after military basic training. Similar to military boot camps, the shock programs emphasize strict discipline and respect for and obedience to authority. Offenders are required to participate in a full day of activities beginning at 5 or 6 in the morning. In most boot camp prisons, the daily schedule includes military drill and ceremony, physical training, and physically demanding job assignments.

Although the early boot camp programs focused on the military atmosphere and hard labor, increasingly an array of treatments and therapy have been added to the daily schedule of activities (MacKenzie, 1993; U.S. General Accounting Office). Many programs include academic ...

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