Youthful Offender “Boot Camp” in Florida

Courts in Florida can sentence a criminal defendant to a “youthful offender” sentence if they committed the crime before their 21st birthday. Florida offers “boot camp” to some youthful offenders. The Department of Corrections takes youths into this “shock” program instead of locking them up for a long period of time. They believe that the camp could produce the same deterrent effect that a long prison sentence could. This camp includes:

– Marching drills
– A dress code
– Physical labor assignments
– Marching drills
– Decision making and personal development training
– Education
– Drug counseling
Criminal offenders have to have no physical limitations that would prevent them from being involved in strenuous activity, they have to be sober, and could not have been previously incarcerated in any correctional facility.

If you have any questions about youthful offender sentences or juvenile offenses, please contact our experienced Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorneys at (904) 634-0900.