Juvenile “boot camps” have been adopted in several states as a way for young people to reform after a juvenile court finds they’ve broken the law. The boot camp programs in most states began with programs for adults, but as courts and politicians have seen how these programs fared, they’ve been extended in ten states – including Colorado – to cover younger people as well. Although politicians and other officials still praise these programs, questions remain as to how effective they are for those who participate.
Most boot camp programs involve a combination of physical exercise and training, discipline, training in confidence and leadership, and a military-like atmosphere that often also offers drug counseling and other types of therapy, especially when juveniles are involved. Most participants stay in these programs for 90 to 180 days, after which they are sent back to their communities, often with detailed instructions on any necessary follow-up treatment or counseling.
Most juvenile boot camps cite two goals: to reduce overcrowding in juvenile detention facilities and to rehabilitate young people so that they are not arrested or convicted for another crime in the future. However, a study that compared eight boot camps in several different states found that, for juveniles, solutions that kept the young person in the community and with family were more effective in many cases.
Every parent knows that teens aren’t adults – no matter how badly they want to be treated like adults. When a young person is charged with a crime, his or her case isn’t like an adult’s either. Experienced Colorado Springs juvenile defense attorney Timothy Bussey knows how to handle the unique challenges that come with protecting a young person’s rights in court, and he fights for the best possible outcome in every case he handles. To discuss your legal rights and options, call The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. today at (719) 475-2555 for a free and confidential consultation.