Federal prisons to eliminate boot camps.

Author:St. Gerard, Vanessa
Position:National News Briefs - Brief Article

The Federal Bureau of Prisons plans to abolish its "intensive confinement" program after the current group of 525 inmates completes the military-style course during the next few months at boot camps in California, Pennsylvania and Texas, reported USA Today.

In a Jan. 14 memo to all federal judges, prosecutors and public defenders, BOP Director Harley Lappin said the boot camps, which emphasize physical training and discipline, are no more successful than ordinary incarceration when it comes to released offenders from returning to crime. By eliminating its three boot camps, the BOP--which oversees about 180,000 inmates at 104 facilities across the country--will save more than $1 million a year, Lappin said.

Boot camps were introduced in 27 states and in the federal prison system beginning in the 1980s. Many were targeted at young and nonviolent offenders, on...

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