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.
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.
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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