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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.
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 offenses:
18 Pa.C.S. §2502 (relating to murder);
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 to kidnapping);
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
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).
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.
The prosecuting 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 requirements.


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
Personal Programming:
Thinking For a Change
Dual Diagnosis Treatment
Batterers Intervention Group
Out-Patient Drug and Alcohol Group
Violence Prevention
Gender Specific Programming
Seeking Safety- PTSD Treatment
Grief Counseling
Mental Health Services 

Community Awareness Programming:
ACT 143 Victim Awareness
Impact of Crime Classes 

Re-Entry Services:
GED services
Special Education
Vocational Programs, such as OSHA, Building Trades and Custodial Maintenance, Fiber-optics, and more
Resume buildingJob searching skills
Outside Services 

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.


·       The Boot Camp has a high completion rate, with 84% of those who enter graduating.
·       The 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.  
·       Since 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.
·       The Boot Camp began awarding Commonwealth Secondary Diplomas in Sept. 2012, with 400 diplomas being earned so far (100 percent success rate).
·       The 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.
·       Each inmate that successfully completes the Boot Camp Program saves the tax payers of Pennsylvania approximately $11,267.
·       In 2016 alone, the Boot Camp program generated an estimated savings to the Commonwealth of $4 million.