Seattle Times

Amid Decline in Juvenile Arrests, State Boot Camp Closes

by Joseph O’Sullivan, Seattle Times Olympia Bureau
July 25, 2015

… But spurred by a decline in juvenile arrests and pressures on the state budget, the camp closed this spring. Its last class — six people — graduated in May, according to Pioneer Human Services, which operated the camp under a state contract..

“Policymakers like them because they look like something that works,” said Butts, of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. But, “there’s nothing about the military discipline that has a rehabilitative or deterrent effect.”

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