Juvenile “Boot Camp” To Close
September 1, 2014 — The Associated Press — State corrections officials say they plan to close a boot camp for juvenile offenders in LaPorte County because of a decreasing need for it.
The Indiana Department of Corrections said that 72 youths housed at the Camp Summit Boot Camp will be moved to community-based programs or other state facilities. The boot camp is scheduled to close Oct. 1st. The boot camp was created in 1995 and is the state’s only para-military style camp for juveniles.
Open since 1995 on 60 acres between LaPorte and Michigan City, Camp Summit blends military components with programming that addresses the needs of adolescents while creating an environment for change and growth.
Corrections Commissioner Bruce Lemmon credited improved state services for the decline of juvenile offenders.
Indiana House Minority Leader Scott Pelath of Michigan City criticized the closing. He told the “News-Dispatch” that it will eliminate 70 local jobs as well as a service for Indiana youth.