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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Prison boot camps

In the U.S., 185 000 women are in prison. This is more than in any other nation on earth. The prison boot camp system is a new alternative to prison warehousing. These boot camps are low-security and usually house 185 males and 22 females.  First-time offenders with a sentence of eight years or less, can vacate their sentence with a 120 day boot camp session. By the looks of it, it seems pretty damn tough. Check out this reportage on Dixon Springs Boot Camp in Illinois, by Julia Rendleman.

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