Reasons Why Juvenile Boot Camp is Bad

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Reasons Why Juvenile Boot Camp is Bad
Boot camps can be harsh for teenagers. (Mike Powell/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Boot camps are military-style camps that are organised for troubled teens. Teens follow rigorous training exercises and are expected to follow different drill routines. There are state-run institutions, as well as private boot camps. Some juvenile delinquents are mandated by the state to go these boot camps as a way to reform their actions. Other teens are sent to boot camps when parents can't handle their teens' actions any longer.

Lack of Psychological Support

Many teens act defiantly because of underlying emotional issues. Teen boot camps are not designed to provide therapy to the teens who are participating in the boot camp. The disregard for psychological problems does not deal with the problems at their roots, which is why there is a high rate of recidivism.

Aggressive Behavior

Boot camps use punishment to deal with problems. Children are yelled at and demeaned during their time at boot camps. The dehumanizing treatment does not demonstrate the love and compassion that some of these kids need. This type of reform can lead to aggressive behaviour. Boot camps show that force can be used to control other people, which is the opposite lesson delinquent children need to learn.

Real-World Preparation

Boot camps do not provide the support to get the kids off the street. Many teens who are sent to boot camps have issues with drugs and alcohol. These kids often lack the job skills necessary to get away from a life of crime. In order to reform the juveniles, drug and alcohol treatment should be provided. Teens should also receive job-skills training to prepare them for a crime-free life.

Duration of Time

Boot camps usually last between 90 and 120 days. The short duration of time spent at boot camps is not effective in preventing recidivism. Criminal behaviour in teens has developed for many years, so they need time to learn a new way to interact in society.

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