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.
A person sentenced to a
term of confinement under the jurisdiction of the Department of Corrections who
is serving a term of confinement, the minimum (or Recidivism Risk Reduction
Incentive [RRRI] minimum where applicable) if which is not more than (1) two
years and the maximum of which is five years or less or (b) an inmate who is
serving a term of confinement the minimum (or RRRI minimum where applicable)
of which is not more than three years where that inmate is within two years of
completing his/her minimum term, and who has not reached 40 years of age at the
time he/she is approved for participation in the motivational boot camp
program. The term shall not include any inmate who is subject to a sentence the
calculation of which included an enhancement for the use of a deadly weapon as
defined pursuant to the sentencing guidelines promulgated by the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing,
any inmate who has been convicted or adjudicated delinquent of any crime
requiring registration of sexual offenders as listed in 11.6.1, any
inmate who is less than age 18, or any inmate with a current conviction
or a prior conviction within the past ten years for any of the following
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. §3701(a)(1)(i),
(ii), (iii) (relating to robbery);
18 Pa.C.S. §3702 (relating
to robbery of motor vehicle); and
§7508(a)(1)(iii), (a)(2)(iii), (a)(3)(iii) or (a)(4)(iii) (relating to drug
trafficking sentencing and penalties).
The Motivational Boot Camp Act, P.L. 1391, No. 215 (61 P.S. §3901 et seq) does
not specifically exclude inchoate offenses; therefore, conviction for attempt,
conspiracy or solicitation to commit an offense listed on the Eligible Inmate
Criteria does not make an inmate statutorily ineligible.
An inmate may be made Boot
Camp eligible even if a mandatory minimum sentence applies.
attorney may waive the eligibility requirements if the victim has been given
notice and opportunity to be heard. The court, after considering victim input,
may refuse to accept the prosecuting attorney’s waiver of the eligibility
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.