Pennsylvania Boot Camp Program Evaluations by the PA Commission on Sentencing (PCS):
(the links below will take you to the PA Commission on Sentencing web site)
Link to PCS Boot Camp Report 2009
Link to PCS Boot Camp Report 2007
Link to PCS Boot Camp Report 2004
Link to PCS Boot Camp Report 2003
Link to PCS Boot Camp Report 2002
Justice Analyst, July 1996
Justice Perspective, August 1995
Research Bulletin, March 2011
Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing (PCS)
Penn State University - Department of Sociology
Pennsylvania's boot camp represented less than one percent of the total state prison population. However, up to one fourth of all offenders committed to the DOC appear to meet the statutory requirements for boot camp eligibility. The boot camp program has saved Pennsylvania millions of dollars. Another key benefit is that boot camps alleviate overcrowding, which has burdened state prison systems all over the country.
According to the latest report from the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing: Between 1992 and 1998, there have been 1,670 offenders admitted into the Motivational Boot Camp Program. The Boot Camp Program has a high graduation rate with 80% successfully completing the program. About 13% of the offenders voluntarily withdrew and 8% were involuntarily removed from the program. Statewide, judges recommended about 16% of the statutorily eligible offenders to the Boot Camp Program. The Department of Corrections admitted about 66% of the offenders who were recommended by judges. Most offenders who were admitted into the Boot Camp Program came from Philadelphia [22%] and Allegheny [10%] Counties. The majority of offenders admitted to Boot Camp have been convicted of drug offenses [60%] followed by burglary [11%] and theft offenses [9%]. The majority of offenders admitted to Boot Camp were black [52%], male [96%] and 25 years of age or younger [67%].