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Cook County Sheriffs Boot Camp is located in an urban setting adjacent to the Cook County
Department of Corrections complex. It is designed to provide nonviolent offenders a
strict detention program based on military discipline, fundamental vocational skills,
and alcohol/substance abuse treatment. In addition, the Boot Camp features an 8month long
postdetention supervision program where participants must return to the Boot Camp on a
daily basis to continue educational programming.
In order to be eligible for the boot camp, participants must be between the ages of 17
and 35, must have never committed a violent or sexrelated crime, and must not have served
more than one term in state prison. All offenders chosen for the Boot Camp must plead
guilty to their charges and agree to placement in the program. Participants undergo a
health and psychological assessment before they are admitted.
The Boot Camp program is aimed at reaching and impacting younger offenders at an early
stage of criminality before they develop a pattern of recidivism leading to repeat
incarceration and more serious crimes against society. The program will attempt to make
that impact utilizing a curriculum that combines military discipline, fundamental
vocational skills, education, drug/alcohol abuse treatment and manual labor.
Sheriff Michael F. Sheahan began development discussions for the Boot Camp in 1992 and led
a fouryear drive to secure the commitment and support of the Cook County Board of
Commissioners and the State of Illinois. A number of major obstacles had to be overcome,
the first being a change in state legislation that would allow the county to begin an
impact incarceration program for persons who would otherwise be sentenced to prison. Since
Cook Countys enabling legislation was passed, a number of other counties have moved to
pass such legislation including DuPage and Kane counties. Cook is the first county in the
state to begin a Boot Camp within a jail setting.
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