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Teen Boot Camps - Options for parents with a troubled teen
Without any reasonable doubt, the crime rate with respect to juveniles
in the United States has steadily risen over the past few decades. For example, according
to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the Uniform Crime Reports, the
number of juvenile arrests has increased by 47% between 1988 and 1992. During
the same period, however, the crime rate for adults rose only 19%. Although this
by itself is not significant, what is more important is the fact that the number
of juveniles involved in serious and violent crimes was relatively consistent
from 1972 through the 1980s. And this number has grown considerably since 1990
and they continue to rise. How society chooses to handle the juveniles in our
culture has also changed throughout the years, almost as many times as the crime
rates. This explains the rise of teen boot camps.
There is a current debate in the United States concerning how the juvenile
offenders should be addressed. Because Americans are now well aware that the country
is a potentially dangerous place to live, some of the leniency has been removed
from the system in hopes that the crime rates can be reduced. One of the
more popular, yet controversial methods of dealing with troubled teens is the
teen boot camp. While some feel that the idea of using the teen boot camp is an
effective means of dealing with the violent, recurrent delinquent juvenile, there
are many reasons why some states continue with further research concerning this
topic. Turning kids over to teen boot camps has become a topic for debate. Not all agree with the concept of placing delinquent teens in the hands
of training instructors who metaphorically tear the juveniles' identity and
of self worth down to the very core,( common to teen boot camps) just to build
them back up.
This website attempts to address specific issues concerning juvenile boot camps by addressing
questions and statements about the idea of placing a teen in a boot camp environment.
Usually, although not always, we find that these troubled youth who are attending teen boot camps are
not those who have committed the most violent crimes, but
it is generally thought that a boot camp environment may help both the teenager
and his/her parents.