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Quehanna Boot Camp

The Quehanna Motivational Boot Camp (QBC) is a facility housing both male and female offenders. Inmates in the boot camp undergo a rigid six-month disciplinary and training program that, if completed successfully, results in their immediate release on parole to a community corrections center for no less than 30 days. During the six-months, inmates progress through three phases. As inmates reach each successive phase, they are required to take on greater physical and treatment challenges and are exposed to higher levels of discipline. Inmates failing to make the transition from one phase to the next are transferred back to a state correctional institution.


Criteria for Quehanna Boot Camp

o   Sentenced to confinement to the jurisdiction of the DOC.

o   Minimum sentence of not more than 2 years.

o   Maximum sentence of not more than 5 years.

o   Be less than 40 years old.

o   Be classified as a minimum custody level inmate.

Becoming Eligible

Inmates must meet the above criteria and receive a recommendation from either the Judge, at the time of sentencing to boot camp or be recommended by the Department of Corrections (DOC) to take part in the boot camp program.

 

 ****If a prosecutor at sentencing wishes to request the court to waive the eligibility requirements for a defendant the victim must be notified and be given an opportunity to provide prior comment to the court on this request. The victim must be notified of the outcome of the court’s decision.

 

 

If the recommendation is made by the County Judge at sentencing, then registered victims are notified:

o   When the offender is transferred to QBC.

o   In the event the offender fails QBC and is transferred back to a State Correctional Institution.

o   Of the anticipated graduation date and the opportunity to request conditions as part of parole supervision.

 

If the recommendation is made by the DOC, then registered victims are notified:

o   Of the recommendation and the opportunity to provide input into the judge’s decision.

o   Of the final decision by the DOC.

o   When the offender is transferred to QBC.

o   In the event the offender fails QBC and is transferred back to a State Correctional Institution.

o   Of the anticipated graduation date and the opportunity to request conditions as part of parole supervision.

Frequently Asked Questions...

Will I be notified when the inmate is transferred from a State Correctional Institution (SCI) to Quehanna Boot Camp (QBC)?

If you are a victim of a crime and registered with OVA, you will also receive written notification about the offender’s transfer to QBC and anticipated graduation date.

If you are enrolled in PA SAVIN and your contact information is current, you will receive the following notifications from PA SAVIN via phone and/or email:

• When an inmate is transferred from a SCI to QBC
• Transferred back to a SCI due to failing the QBC program
• Released on parole due to successful completion of the QBC program
• If an inmate escapes from QBC

Transfer and release notification occurs approximately one day after the actual transfer/release of the offender. Notification regarding the offender’s escape from QBC occurs 24/7.

Can the inmate be released prior to his minimum sentence?

Yes. If the inmate successfully completes the 6-month QBC program, parole release is automatic. QBC graduates are initially paroled to a 30-day stay at a community corrections center.

If the inmate fails the QBC program, what prison would he return to?

The DOC has total discretion as to in which correctional facility the inmate will be housed. This decision is made based on factors like the offender’s custody level and treatment needs.

How do I request conditions of parole if the inmate is automatically paroled?

Prior to the inmate's release from QBC, registered victims receive notification from OVA informing them of the date of the release and the community corrections center to which the offender will be paroled. At that time, you can contact our office at 1.800.563.6399 to make requests for parole conditions to the PBPP.

 

 

 

 

 

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