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Quehanna Boot Camp 

The Quehanna Boot Camp opened in June 1992 as the Department of Corrections' first military-style motivational boot camp.  Inmates assigned to the boot camp undergo a rigid six-month disciplinary and training program.  In addition to the boot camp program, the facility accommodates individuals sentenced to State Intermediate Punishment, and it accommodates both male and female inmates.  The purpose of this website page is to provide information specific to the boot camp program.

Mission Statements

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections operates as one team, embraces diversity, and commits to enhancing public safety. We are proud of our reputation as leaders in the corrections field.

The mission of the Quehanna Boot Camp is to reduce criminal behavior by providing individualized treatment and education to offenders, resulting in successful community reintegration through accountability and positive change.

Eligibility

The procedure for determining Boot Camp Program eligibility is as follows:

The judge determines whether or not the offender falls within one of the sentencing guideline ranges that indicates Boot Camp eligibility. (Recommendations for Boot Camp eligibility consistent with Act 1996-86 are included in the Basic Sentencing Matrix found in the Sentencing Guidelines Implementation Manual, June 13, 1997, 5th Edition.)

The judge determines whether or not the offender meets the following legislative requirements:

Offender is sentenced to state confinement;

Offender is serving a term of confinement the minimum of which is not more than two years and the maximum of which is five years or less, or

Offender is serving a term of confinement, the minimum of which is not more than three years and the inmate is within two years of completing his/her minimum term;

Offender has not reached 40 years of age at the time he/she is approved for participation;

Offender is not subject to a sentence, the calculation of which included a deadly weapon enhancement under the sentencing guidelines;

Offender is not serving a sentence for one or more of the following offenses:

  • Murder
  • Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Drug Delivery Resulting in Death
  • Kidnapping
  • Rape
  • Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse
  • Sexual Assault
  • Aggravated Indecent Assault
  • Arson [(a)(1)(i)]
  • Burglary [Home/Person Present]
  • Robbery [F1]
  • Robbery of a Motor Vehicle
  • Drug Trafficking [18 Pa. C.S. 7508 (a)(1)(iii), (a)(2)(iii), (a)(3)(iii), (a)(4)(iii)]

The judge must indicate on the sentencing order and the guideline sentence form that he/she wishes to have the offender considered for the Boot Camp Program. All inmates who have been identified by the judge as eligible will go through an expedited classification process. Both male and female offenders are eligible for admission to the Boot Camp program.

The inmate must apply to the Department of Corrections for admission into the program.

The Department of Corrections makes the final determination as to whom will be admitted into the program. Criteria considered by DOC in this determination include the following: history of escapes, psychological and physical health, prior violent offenses, and detainers.

Upon successful completion of the 6-month program, the inmate is released on intensive parole supervision. (Please note that by identifying an inmate as eligible for this Boot Camp Program, the judge is agreeing to allow the inmate to be released prior to the expiration of the minimum sentence.)