Are Juvenile Detention Centers Safe and Effective

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 614
  • Published : May 2, 2013
Open Document
Text Preview
Juvenile Boot Camps are Safe and Effective

Are juvenile boot camps safe Effective? I believe juvenile boot camps are safe and effective, only in certain circumstances. Just as criminals go to jail and are released, committing other crimes, so do us teenagers. For example, my cousin has gotten caught stealing merchandise from a Macy’s store. Months later attempted to steal from a Champs shoes store. The consequences are too lenient. In this generation, kids live for the moment, if the consequences for their actions were much strict, and less easily avoidable, they would not do such actions as stealing, drugs, and other illegal acts. That is my point of view. So I’d say it is a 50/50 chance of the changing of the heart of the child being placed in a juvenile boot camp.

For one reason boot camps are effective, on some children, it will keep them from committing any later crimes in life. Straightening them out early in life, making them a better human being. Also, it will give them an understanding of how all actions have consequences, whether good or bad, they do. Hence, when I get good grades, I usually get to go out to eat, or get shopping money. Versus getting bad grades, I would be restricted from certain activities. Such as; football, track, and other extra activities not required during school. Another example of good consequences is if you do community service, it goes on resume for college. Versus if you don't, colleges will be more harsh on letting you attend their facility. Now a days, I have friends who go in and out of juvenile centers. But what the problem is with most people, they do not know the difference between a juvenile detention center and a juvenile boot camp. There are several types of these places in the world with different meanings to them. Detention centers are thought of as short-term places to hold people. Jails are the most common form of detention centers. Jails are usually run by a county and hold people who are awaiting sentencing, or have been sentenced to a year or less.

Probation centers are detention centers that are also used for short-term confinement of probationers. These facilities are used for people who are unable to fulfill their probation commitments in the community. Although these are usually minimum security, higher securities centers exist as well and can include exclusively male and female facilities as well as those that are more highly structured. Many also offer rehabilitation programs such as employment or substance abuse programs. Correctional facilities are also known as prisons. A prison is a long-term facility, meant to hold people convicted of a crime and sentenced for more than a year. State governments and the federal bureau of prisons operate prisons. State prison systems may have specialized services such as work release programs or boot camps. Often they are linked to other state run programs such as halfway houses and work-release centers.

Minimum security or federal prison camps offer dormitory housing, low staff-to-inmate ratio and less perimeter fencing. Low security prisons have dormitory housing, a higher staff-to-inmate ratio and high perimeter security. Medium security prison have an even higher amount of staff, strengthened perimeters and cell-type housing. High security prisons, also known as federal penitentiaries, have highly secured perimeters, multiple occupant cell housing and the highest staff-to-inmate ratio as well as high control of inmate movement. Boot camps were developed in the 1970s to answer the problems of rising prison costs, increasing juvenile crime rates, overcrowded prisons, and high recidivism rates (MacKenzie & Hebert, 1996; Peters, Thomas, & Zamberlan, 1997). Correctional boot camps were designed after the military's basic training boot camp. When a juvenile enters the boot camp, he or she is dressed in military-type uniforms and automatically becomes a member of a platoon or squad. Drill instructors guide their daily...
tracking img