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					                                                                 SPONSOR: Rep. Lee
                                                                          Reps. Buckworth, Ewing & Sens.
                                                                          Vaughn, Bunting & Amick
                                              HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                                                140th GENERAL ASSEMBLY

                                        HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO.


     ESTABLISHING A COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE WHETHER OR NOT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A
     BOOT CAMP FOR YOUTHFUL OFFENDERS WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO THE STATE, TO THE
     EFFECTIVENESS OF OUR CORRECTIONS DEPARTMENT, AND TO THE CITIZENS OF THIS STATE.
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 2             WHEREAS, there have been informal meetings of persons interested in and/or having expertise in the

 3   rehabilitation of juvenile offenders. Many of these persons believe that a boot camp for certain juvenile offenders

 4   would effectively change the behavior patterns of many of these youthful offenders; and

 5                     WHEREAS, the Delaware Corrections Department is already operating a boot camp designed for

 6   adults; and

 7                     WHEREAS, approximately forty other states have juvenile boot camps; and cities

 8            or counties within some states also operate boot camps for juvenile offenders.

 9            NOW THEREFORE:

10                     BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the 139th General Assembly, the Senate

11   concurring therein, that a "Boot Camp for Young Offenders" study committee (to be known as the "Boot Camp

12   Study Committee") is hereby established.

13                     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the membership of the Boot Camp Study Committee shall

14   consist of the House Corrections Committee; three senators (two appointed by the President pro tempore, and one

15   appointed by the Minority Leader); a representative of the Superior Court appointed by the President Judge of that

16   Court, and a representative from the Family Court appointed by the Chief Judge of that Court; the Attorney General

17   or a person representing the Attorney General; the Secretary of the Department of Corrections or a person

18   representing the Secretary; the Secretary of the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families or a

19   person representing the Secretary; the Secretary of the Department of Education or a person representing the

20   Secretary; the Superintendant of the Ferris School; and the State Budget Director. The Chairman of the House


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21   Corrections Committee shall Chair the Committee. Eight members shall constitute a quorum. Staff for the

22   Committee shall be designated by the Chairman; and secretarial and typing assistance shall be provided by the

23   House of Representatives.

24                     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the duties and responsibilities of the Committee shall include,

25   but not be limited to, a study and evaluation of the following issues and subjects:

26                               a.      possible goals or objectives of a boot camp program for juvenile offenders;

27                               b.      the general theme or philosophy of the boot camp, or any program within it;

28                               c.      conditions and requirements for admission to the boot camp program;

29                               d.      dismissals from the program;

30                               e.      educational requirements;

31                               f.      what sites, if any, would be appropriate;

32                               g.      staffing;

33                               h.      after-care requirements;

34                               i.      possible federal financial assistance; and

35                               j.      any other related issues or subjects which the Chairman deems to be necessary.

36                               BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Committee shall make an interim report

37            to the House of Representatives on or before June 30, 1999.

                                                           SYNOPSIS

      This Resolution establishes a Boot Camp Study Committee to study the feasibility of establishing a young
     offenders' boot camp program in Delaware. It is to report its findings to the House on or before June 30, 1999.




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