Florida Boot Camp Might be Resurrected

STUART, Fla. (AP) _ Martin County's former juvenile boot camp, which has sat idle since it closed last year, could be resurrected as a juvenile detention center for some of the region's most dangerous teen offenders.

Department of Juvenile Justice officials will visit Stuart next week to talk with Sheriff Bob Crowder about the agency's proposal to use the grounds that once housed the Martin County Juvenile Offender Training Center.

Crowder ran the boot camp for low- and moderate-risk offenders until last year, when he shut it down for lack of state funding. The camp had received high marks for years.

Crowder has been trying to get the county to buy the building to provide training space. But they haven't been able to agree on a price.


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