Boot Camps: An Evolving Alternative to Traditional Prisons

Report #128, January 1995

OVERVIEW

California expects to receive up to $1.3 billion in federal funding over five years that may be used for alternative sentencing programs. In this study, the Commission has examined the potential effectiveness of boot camps and other work-intensive forms of incarceration. The report contains four findings and 17 recommendations. They include: the necessity for a comprehensive plan and standards; the recognition that the powerful element for success is the “aftercare;” and the need for regulations that would encourage private-sector participation.