Although such programs have fallen out of favor as expensive and not particularly effective, boot camps for methamphetamine offenders are seeking to expand in Minnesota, reports the Associated Press. The camps allow nonviolent offenders a chance to shave years off their prison sentences by toughing out six months of military training and drug treatment.
Boot camps are attractive alternatives to prison for state lawmakers, who have watched the number of meth convicts increase from 139 in 2001 to more than 1,000 last July. Legislators are considering longer sentences for meth crimes. Meanwhile, with 168 prisoners on a waiting list for boot camp, corrections officials want $380,000 from the state to add at least 24 beds for men. Female inmates were moved to a separate 24-bed camp last year.