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While there are many people that advocate the use of boot camps on troubled youths, there are many people who are against the idea of juvenile boot camps. Those who argue against boot camps believe that they are penal in nature and that their military-like structure ignores the emotional needs of the youth. Those who argue in support of boot camps do not deny that they have a military-structure, but believe that the military-like setting provides disorderly youth with the structure and discipline that they lack. There are merits to both arguments.
The pros of boot camps are often immediately visible. While incarcerated, many of the youth experience an immediate change in behavior. Taken out of a situation where they can resist authority, many of these juveniles demonstrate a new respect for authority and a willingness to conform to societal expectations. Further
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