Refresher course set for recidivists of boot camp 4 graduates violated parole

greater supervision urged

February 15, 1992|By Thomas W. Waldron | Thomas W. Waldron,Staff Writer

Some graduates of the state's boot camp prison who get into trouble back on the streets are returning to boot camp for a second dose of the military-style regimen, state officials said yesterday.

Four inmates who violated their parole after leaving boot camp returned to the prison this month, spokesman Sgt. Gregory M. Shipley said.

State officials are deciding what sort of refresher course to give the returning inmates, said Maj. Robert E. Clay, the boot camp commander.

Meanwhile, state prison officials have suspended a boot camp fixture -- the lifting of huge logs for physical exercise -- after three inmates spent three days in a prison infirmary following a strenuous workout last week.

The inmates were found to have muscle protein in their urine, a sign of extreme physical exertion, Sergeant Shipley said.

One source at the prison said the inmates had taken part in a lengthy log-lifting exercise, an assertion Major Clay disputed.

The inmates returned to the boot camp program after their stay in the infirmary, Sergeant Shipley said.

State prison officials will evaluate the log-lifting to see if it should be continued, Sergeant Shipley said. Boot camp officials have also removed a morning run from the inmates' exercise program, he said.

"As for the program itself, the record to date has been good and they're continuing the physical training," Sergeant Shipley said.

Roughly a quarter of the inmates who have graduated from boot camp have violated their parole, state statistics show. But officials said most of the infractions were minor.

Major Clay said officials need to strengthen the post-graduation supervision of boot campers.

"They go out there with so many pressures," he said.

Mr. Shipley said the prison system will decide what is the best follow-up for boot camp graduates who violate their parole.

"Do we bring them back through for another six months of boot camp, or do we simply put them back into the pre-release system and let them play basketball all day?" Sergeant Shipley said.

"If we can funnel some of these people through boot camp, even if it's a second trip, maybe that's the thing we have to do."

Inmates have to volunteer for the six-month boot camp program. Those who complete the program do not have to serve the remainder of their sentences. Those who do not finish are returned to the prison population.

Some other states allow their boot camp graduates who violate their paroles to return to boot camp rather than a regular prison.

Major Clay announced this week that he was retiring from the Division of Correction.

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