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.

Where Do We Go from Here? Boot Camps in the Future

Where Do We Go from Here? Boot Camps in the Future

Where do we go from here? Boot camps in the future
Doris LaytonMacKenzie, Gaylene StyveArmstrong


The rebirth of correctional boot camps in the late 1980s, in an accepting political climate, sparked extensive discussions and debates ranging from the economic feasibility of boot camp to its appropriateness for various correctional populations. In view of the resurgence, policymakers asked a number of questions regarding the long-term viability of boot camps, and researchers explored these areas through a variety of empirical research studies. Early studies focused on the fundamental questions related to participant recidivism rates, cost-effectiveness, net widening, and impact on crowding (MacKenzie, 1991; MacKenzie & Parent, 1991; MacKenzie & Piquero, 1994; MacKenzie & Shaw, 1993). Stemming from a ...

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