Assignment 1: Boot Camps
Boot camps are sanctions based on shock incarceration grounded in military techniques. The basic idea behind boot camps is that its forced labor and "tough-love" components will instill a sense of discipline and self-motivation in the juveniles that will carry on past the initial boot camp experience.
Despite their popularity, there is little evidence to show that boot camps are effective. Some studies also suggest that boot camps may cause more harm than good.
By Saturday, July 15, 2017, in a minimum of 250 words, post to the Discussion Area your response to the following points.
Provide two examples of boot camp programs.
Based on of your research, explain whether these programs are effective. Identify their strengths and weaknesses.
Explain whether you think boot camps address the underlying issues facing delinquent youth. Provide reasons for your answer. Be sure to document your sources.
Use the required readings, the Argosy University online library, and other Internet resources to address the above points.
Note: Make sure you fully understand how boot camps differ from other forms of juvenile confinement (such as ranches, training schools, and detention centers). Understanding these differences is crucial to being able to form a reasonable argument pertaining to the effectiveness of boot camps.
By Wednesday, July 19, 2017, read and respond to at least two of your classmates' posts. Comment on their rationales regarding why they believe boot camps are effective or ineffective and why they think the positive aspects of boot camps outweigh the negative aspects or the vice versa.
Discussion Grading Criteria and Rubric
All discussion assignments in this course will be graded using a rubric. This assignment is worth 40 points. Download the discussion rubric and carefully read it to understand the expectations.
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