State closing NW Indiana paramilitary boot camp

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LAPORTE, Ind.--- The Indiana Department of Correction says it plans to close a paramilitary style boot camp in northwestern Indiana by Oct. 1 to save money and because juvenile offenders are spending less time in the prison system.

The department says the 72 youths currently housed at Camp Summit Boot Camp near LaPorte will be transferred to community-based programs or other state juvenile facilities.

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.

Indiana House Minority Leader Scott Pelath of Michigan City criticized the closing. He told The News-Dispatch it will eliminate 70 local jobs and a service for Indiana youth.

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