Nevada Boot Camp Has High Recidivism Rate

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada corrections officials say a high number of inmates who participated in a boot camp program commit other crimes or parole violations and end up in prison.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal ( ) reports that over the last three years, 890 inmates took part in the boot camp. Of those, 232 didn't complete the 190-day program and 390 were sentenced to prison for subsequent crimes.

That amounts to a failure rate of nearly 44 percent.

Sheryl Foster with the Department of Corrections told the Committee for the Administration of Justice on Wednesday that several states and the federal government have eliminated boot camps because the recidivism rate doesn't justify the cost.

But members of the committee said most of the feedback they've received about the program has been positive.

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