Quehanna Boot Camp
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.
inmate cannot have a minimum sentence that is greater than 3 years.
must be APPROVED before reaching age 40.
must be within two years of controlling minimum.
need the recommendation of their sentencing judge.
cannot have any of the following:
for any crime requiring registration of sexual offenders.
escape conviction and escape convictions within the past five years.
Judge and both attorneys can agree to waive the eligibility criteria and make
Boot Camp Program is available to both male and female inmates.
program is voluntary.
An inmate does not qualify for boot camp
if they have a conviction for any of the following offenses within the
past 10 years:
- 18 Pa. C.S. §2502 (relating
- 18 Pa. C.S. §2503 (relating
to voluntary manslaughter);
- 18 Pa. C.S. §2506 (relating
to drug delivery resulting in death);
- 18 Pa. C.S. §2901 (relating
- 18 Pa. C.S. §3301 (a)(1)(i),
(relating to arson and related offenses);
- 18 Pa. C.S. §3502 (a)(1)
(relating to burglary occupied structure – person present)
- 18 Pa. C.S. §3701 (a)(1)(i),
(ii), (iii) (relating to robbery);
- 18 Pa. C.S. §3702 (relating
to robbery of motor vehicle);
- 18 Pa. C.S. §7508
(a)(1)(iii), (a)(2)(iii), (a)(3)(iii) or (a)(4)(iii) (relating to drug
trafficking sentencing and penalties).
First Phase -- Orientation
Cadets begtin working toward initial goals for community living. The focus in this phase is on physical training, assessments for education and treatment needs and work goals. This also is the beginning of mental restructuring.
Second Phase - Green Phase
Boot Camp cadets begin to learn about treatment skills, work ethic and/or educational goals. They learn to work as a team and to develop a motivation toward something larger then themselves.
Program opportunities include
Thinking For a Change
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Batterers Intervention Group
Out-Patient Drug and Alcohol Group
Gender Specific Programming
Seeking Safety- PTSD Treatment
Mental Health Services
Community Awareness Programming:
ACT 143 Victim Awareness
Impact of Crime Classes
Vocational Programs, such as OSHA, Building Trades and Custodial Maintenance, Fiber-optics, and more
Resume buildingJob searching skills
Third Phase - Red Phase
In this phase, cadets begin to apply treatment skills and continue to work on work ethics and/or education goals. They also continue with discipline and mental restructuring.
Fourth Phase - Gold Phase
In this phase, cadets prepare to go home.
Boot Camp has a high completion rate, with 84% of those who enter graduating.
latest research on the results of the Boot Camp shows that inmates who have
successfully completed the program, have a three-year recidivism rate that is
almost 6½ percent lower than a group of non-participants.
2007, 676 Boot Camp inmates have received their GEDs, with the Boot Camp
averaging 81 percent of inmates testing for GED achieving a passing score.
Boot Camp began awarding Commonwealth Secondary Diplomas in Sept. 2012, with
400 diplomas being earned so far (100 percent success rate).
Boot Camp is fully accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA)
and is the only facility in the DOC which has 100 percent of its inmate
population involved in treatment programming.
inmate that successfully completes the Boot Camp Program saves the tax payers
of Pennsylvania approximately $11,267.
2016 alone, the Boot Camp program generated an estimated savings to the
Commonwealth of $4 million.