Costs shut down Colo. prison boot camp program
DENVER – A military-style boot camp at Colorado’s Buena Vista prison is shutting down after disappointing recidivism rates and because of rising costs.
The boot camp started in 1993 and included a GED program, substance abuse treatment and consequences for bad behavior. The last graduating class Thursday had 23 prisoners.
Prisoners who enrolled in the program became eligible for sentence reductions.
But the Colorado Department of Corrections says about 51 percent of the prisoners who graduated from the program through fiscal year 2007 are back in prison. The cost for each inmate in the program has also risen from $78 to $110 per day in the last year.
Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com