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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.
·       An inmate cannot have a minimum sentence that is greater than 3 years.
·       They must be APPROVED before reaching age 40.
·       They must be within two years of controlling minimum.
·       They need the recommendation of their sentencing judge.
·       They cannot have any of the following:
o   Deadly weapons enhancement.
o   Conviction for any crime requiring registration of sexual offenders.
o   Current escape conviction and escape convictions within the past five years.
·       The Judge and both attorneys can agree to waive the eligibility criteria and make someone eligible.
·       Quehanna Boot Camp Program is available to both male and female inmates.
·       The program is voluntary.

Program Exclusions

    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 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. §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
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.