Pennsylvania offers sentencing alternatives to state confinement to address issues of recidivism, prison overcrowding, and crimes motivated by drug abuse by the offender. One of these sentencing alternatives is the State Intermediate Punishment Program (SIP) which is discussed in another post. The one I want to talk about in this post is the State Motivational Bootcamp at Quehanna. The Bootcamp program is a six month program for both men and women offenders that entails intense physical activity and regimented programming designed to teach offenders self-discipline and work ethic. The Boot Camp is styled after a military style boot camp so there is a focus on discipline, structure, and respect for others.
Inmates assigned to the boot camp program are sent to either SCI Camp Hill or SCI- Muncy as their designated diagnostic center where they will take a battery of strength tests. The offenders time in boot camp is highly regimented and includes individual and group counseling sessions tailored to the offender's individual needs. Programming includes sessions related to addressing substance abuse issues and alternatives to violent and antisocial behavior. The Boot Camp has a mandatory education program for those without a high school diploma to aid offenders in obtaining their GED. Inmates also work on community service projects such as planting trees, painting buildings, and cleaning up area parks.
In order to be eligible for admission to the boot camp program, the offender must be sentenced to state confinement, the minimum of which is not more than two years and the maximum of which is five years or less. Or, the offender must be serving a sentence the minimum of which is not more than three years and the inmate must be within two years of their minimum release date. Eligible participants must be under the age of 35 at the time they are approved for boot camp. They must also not be serving a sentence for Murder, Voluntary Manslaughter, Rape, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Kidnapping, or Felony One Robbery. Additionally, the offender must also not be serving a sentence in which a deadly weapon was used in the commission of the offense.
Approval for the boot camp program is influenced by the discretion of the prosecuting attorney and the sentencing judge. It is important for offenders wishing to pursue these programs to address the issue sufficiently ahead of sentencing to prepare their case for admission to the program. That’s where an experienced attorney with excellent working relationships can give you a leg up. Attorney Frank Walker has experience helping those facing state prison sentences obtain admission into alternative programs including the Quehanna Bootcamp and State Intermediate Punishment. Call our office at 412-315-7441 to set up an appointment and find out more.
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