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jenpalmer71
10-07-2004, 08:56 PM
Quehanna Boot Camp
HC Box 32
Karthaus, PA 16845
(814)263-4125

The Quehanna Motivational Boot Camp opened in July 1992 as the state's first military-style motivational boot camp. Inmates assigned to the boot camp undergo a rigid six-month disciplinary and training progran which, if successfully completed, will result in their immediate release on parole. The minimum-security facility houses both male and female offenders. On the State Highway Map, it is referred to as Piper.

Key Staff
George N. Patrick, Superintendent

John C. Thomas, Deputy Superintendent, Commander-on-Site

John P. Reese, Major, Deputy Commander

Thomas F. Aaron, Executive Assistant

leo8270
01-23-2005, 10:02 AM
I am new to this web site. I wanted to know if you would be able to help me get information about Quehanna Boot Camp. I may be going there soon. I just wanted some questions answered. I dont know much about the camp but I did want to get feedback from different people who had either did time there or visited anyone at the camp. Maybe you can quide me to a web site where I can get some questions answered.

Thanks

tasha1127
04-03-2005, 10:36 PM
This website might help. There's alot of information in here that I found helpful.

Tasha

http://pcs.la.psu.edu/bootcamp2001/IntroandOverview.htm

bethbupp
04-27-2005, 06:11 AM
I know some of you folks have been talking about the possibility of the boot camp being closed down. I haven't been paying a huge amount of attention, because it didn't apply to me. Well, my son called last night. He is a parole violator. I had NOT mentioned the boot camp rumour to him. Apparently, there are rumours flying around SCI Pine Grove that boot camp is being discontinued, and all of the parole violators in the state will be moved to Quehanna, instead of being kept at their home prison. Supposedly this is all happening in June. I'm taking this with a grain of salt, because I don't see how they could possibly fit all the PV's in Quehanna. There has to be too many of them. Has anyone else heard anything about this?

bfawayinpa
04-27-2005, 04:22 PM
I haven't heard anything about it.My fiance is a violator and hasn't mentioned it but i'll ask him when i see him tomorrow.Hes in SCI Mahanoy.

kismat62
05-02-2005, 08:32 PM
I think the talk of bootcamp being discontinued is on the Federal level not state. I recall reading something about it in USA Today during the winter months. From what I read the article was about closing of Federal Boot Camp programs because the were too costly and ineffective. Who knows?

sunshyne1023
05-02-2005, 10:52 PM
Hi everybody,

My fiance is supposed to go to the Boot Camp after hit Parole Violation hit in August. He currently is in Camp Hill and the rumors are still flying about the Boot Camp closing. He did ask one of his supervisors/boss where he was working (the guy is pretty high up there too) if the rumor was true and he was told that DOC was ending the program at the end of the year of 2006. So apparently all of the men/women who are supposed to be going will be going, but I guess they will do away with the Boot Camp recommendation in the near future. That was they can get them all in. Who knows though....with the DOC anything can change in a heartbeat....we all know that. So, I just wanted to pass along the info.. NITE!!:D :D

philly_dyme_215
05-12-2005, 11:46 PM
hi im new to this and i wanted to know if anyone was from philadelphia and had a loved one in quehanna boot camp because i need some info on how to get there if anyone knows anything please let me know

RachelKaren
06-20-2005, 03:16 PM
Does anyone have any info on Quehanna Bootcamp? I tried looking up some sites for the DOC but couldn't really find much info. My b/f is suposed to be going there at the end of next month and I was wondering what it is like and about visits and mail and what you can send to them as well as what they can buy there. Thanks for the help:D !

grannynut
07-09-2005, 07:17 AM
Hi Grannynut here. I also wanted some additional info on the Quehanna B/C i went tho their web siite and got some info there. But i would like to hear frist hand from someone who has been there or had someone that has gone through or might still be there. My son is suppose to go in a couple of months. He is at Camp Hill right now and says it is not to bad. Anyone wanting know about it can contact me. I write him everyday. If you have a love one in prison, please, please write to them everyday. Thanks

weeza
08-11-2005, 05:03 PM
Its been awhile since I asked. I'm still trying to find out any information I can about Quehanna Boot Camp. Thanks.

Weeza

RachelKaren
08-11-2005, 10:40 PM
Weeza, my boyfriend was just transferred there a few weeks ago. If you let me know what info you are looking for I will do my best to answer your questions.

lifeonhold
09-08-2005, 11:52 AM
My son is excited thinking he may be able to apply for boot camp soon. He has served 2 years of a 4-8 sentence. Does anyone know much about boot camp? Who can qualify, where it is located etc. Is it for any particular type of crime, or is any ineligible?
Any info is helpful. thanks so much, and I wish everyone well.

justreleased05
09-28-2005, 11:15 AM
I just came home from the bootcamp on july 18th . It was defintley a rough stop . But a rewarding stop in more ways then one . First i'm home 9 months before my minimum , second i learned a great deal there, alot more then i would have at a regular prison , and i also came home in the best shape of my life . We had a 6'4 370 pound guy in our platoon and he graduated weighing 270 . Just a few words of advise . Don't talk when your not supposed to , listen , study , and watch out for Sgt. Stewart, Sgt. Dixon, And officer Mays . Those guys are real pricks . Bootcamp is alot of mental and physical games . But if you pass along my advise and your loved ones can deal with those few things they will be just fine . I'd also i advise them to shave there hair before they go to get use to it and to shave everyday and brush there teeth in under 2 minutes and get used to 2 minute showers . And those times are no exageration . There first 6-8 weeks will be the very worst , but after that all will be fine . Visits are every other weekend and holidays , 1 weekend will be am visits 9-12 then the next will be pm visits 1230-330 . O advise them to get used to military time as well . Well i hope this helped. If you need more info feel free to pm or email me emsp4life@rcn.com JR in 05

veronicaharris
09-28-2005, 04:29 PM
My boyfriend was at the boot camp 2 years ago and i visited him once. it is very far away and I got a lady number out the market and called, she took me and my boyfriends mother there. We left our houses around 4am and we got there around 8am

StarAnge13
09-29-2005, 06:40 AM
Rachel,

My fiance is going there around October/November also and I was wondering the same thing. I found a few websites that might help http://pcs.la.psu.edu/bcspringbull2002.pdf#search='Quehanna%20Boot%20Cam p'
http://www.pittsburghpostgazette.com/pg/05079/474383.stm
http://www.pbpp.state.pa.us/ova/cwp/view.asp?a=3&q=152904
That's about all I could find on the boot camp though. I am assuming that they do have a commisary there since on jpay.com, the boot camp is listed as an institution that you can send money to.
I also read that only immediate family can visit after it is approved by their CO. I was thinking that after a few months they are allowed 1 or 2 visits and only on the weekend.
You can also send mail - it doesn't matter where they go...they can always get mail. And he will be able to write.
I hope this helps you and maybe our bf's will be in together!
Carol

justreleased05
10-03-2005, 12:02 PM
The bootcamp does have commisary, but it is all cosmitic stuff only. No food. Visits are every other weekend and friends may visit as well . 2 adults and 2 children . there are 3 phases at the bootcamp green phase is 10 weeks red phase is 10 weeks and gold phase is 4 weeks . In green phase you get 1 phone call a month red phase 2 phone calls then gold phase you get 3 a week plus you can buy phone time with the points you earned while working or going to school . Everything the is a privlage and has to be earned . If you have any specific bootcamp questions feel free to im me or email me . I just came home from there in July . how this helped. J R in 05

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Email: emsp4life@rcn.com

RachelKaren
10-20-2005, 10:35 PM
Thank you so much for the info! He just moved into red phase so our boys and I are looking forward to that second 15 minute call a month ( thankyou to the oh so generous DOC :blah: ). He will be "graduating" Jan. 25, 2006 then a few weeks at a halfway house and FINALLY home with us (where he belongs!) as soon as the interstate transfer of parole goes thru. Thank you again for your help!

sunshyne1023
11-14-2005, 02:53 PM
Hey everyone,

I know that this is going to vary from person to person...but what is the estimated time period for the process going to boot camp?

My fiance's counselor is just waiting for his new paper work (just turned over to his new number) before she can get his boot camp paper work started. What all does the next step entail? He is already eligible, but he said they have to send some sheets around for votes and stuff? What is the "stuff"..lol 15 minutes is never enough time to get all the details. And if and when the vote comes back yes, how often do they ship out of Camp Hill?
He got Paroled to his new case about a month or so ago, do you think it is feasible he could go before or around the first of the year? Or is the time process longer? His new sentence is 1 1/2-3 years w/ boot camp recommended?

I hope that all makes sense as I am headed out to my Aunts funeral, and I am a basket case as is without worring about him.

Thanks again everyone!
*sunshyne*

wizkid79
01-28-2006, 11:47 PM
i am basically lookin for any info/ advice i can get on camp hill and quehanna. what kind of waiting period will i be lookin at before i can start bootcamp. what will my day to day routines be in quehanna and camp hill. is it hard to keep yourself out of trouble? and suggestions and info is greatly appreciated.

bobble60
01-29-2006, 08:52 PM
Hi.
When you reach Camp Hill, you will go into a segregation unit for at least 10 days. During that time, you will be allowed out for yard or dayroom, depending on the weather. Meals are brought to the cells. You may get your first phone call, if your DC-8 is processed quickly. You can attend church services, use the library, and have visits (if your visiting list is approved quickly.)
After that segregation period, you will be moved to a "blues" block. You will be there as long as it takes them to classify you and ship you to a prison. You will have a little more freedom, but it's not general population. You must remember that a judge can only make you eligible for boot camp; he can't order you sent there. Only the DOC makes the final decision, based on their many cirteria. If they deny you boot camp, you will be sent to another prison, usually within the region form which your crime arose.
I have nothing on the daily routine at Quehanna.
Good luck.
bob

BootCampSuccess
02-16-2006, 10:14 PM
Hello,

I can't believe I found a website that talks about this. I actually graduated from Quehanna Boot Camp in 1996 and it was honestly a life altering experience. If you are thinking of going or have someone that is able to go and no able to decide, my advice to you is go! I have become a much better person in all facets of life since going to boot camp. At the time, I was a young 22 year old white male with a high school diploma and some college, but got messed up with the wrong crowd and ended up getting arrested for numerous thefts in multiple counties. I was facing a 2-10 year stint in state and opted for Boot Camp and it was the best decision that I ever made. I spent 6 months in camp hill getting classified and preparing for Boot camp. If you are eligible you get placed in a special block with others, get your head shaved, and start working out (A must). Then it was off to the mountain. Quehanna is out in the middle of no where out in the mountains, and let me tell you. I was there over a winter and damn was it cold and snowed almost all the time (Makes for more fun PT in the snow...Yeah right).

Anyways, you know what is funny I was reading an article that just led me here and I saw that sergant Stewart was still there. That is pretty much the only sgt. I remember, that guy could PT all day and night without missing a beat. You will learn to respect him to the fullest. We actually had him march us in on our graduation day, because of this. Another person, now that I think of it was sgt. slippy, that guy also earned your respect, he was about 2 pullups away from a world record holder and let me tell you, he could do it. If you have been to Boot camp you will know what I am talking about. Sgt Steward loved those squat thrusts...like there was no tomorrow! I had nightmares about those for many years after I got out.

Anyways, I helped to build the new building that they are in as well as helped about 30 guys get there GED while there being a teachers helper since I was educated. I went to all of the counselling and PT with everyone else for 6 months straight. When I left that place I was scared straight, emotionally strong and physically at the top of my game.

Fast forward 10 years, I now live in Milwaukee, ( Bonus infor for those getting out of boot camp - move out of PA!!! It is a must) I have now been on probation here for going on my 9th year (10 total) and am due for release in June of this year. I have managed to get my life together with the help of my sister in WI. I went back to college and graduated at the top of my class. I have held many great jobs and currently work with computers in the field of IT. I am married and buying a home in the next few months and plan on starting a family very soon.

So in closing, I highly recommend that you go or send your love one to boot camp. If you have a loved one there, please write them and send a few pictures. It truely is the only thing that will get your through the experience. The first 2 weeks are the worst 2 weeks of your whole life (orientation) you are PT until you can't move or stand anymore at least 16 hours a day,everyday. The next 4 months you start school, working, and counselling. And the last month or two you continue above items but they start to rebuild you and your life at this point and work on your reintroduction back into society. Like I said earlier, it was truely a life altering time.

Please feel free to message me here to discuss more,

Thanks,
T

PS I could honestly talk forever about this, so feel free to ask me anything. Here are some links for you...
http://www.cor.state.pa.us/boot/site/default.asp
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05079/474383.stm

Quehanna Boot Camp
Coordinator: Charles Ralston
4395 Quehanna Hwy
Karthaus, PA 16845-9714
(814) 263-4125

In partnership with Penn State DuBois Continuing Education, Brian Goss and Greg Snyder, PENNTAP senior e-business consultants, provided hands-on technical instruction to inmates at the Quehanna Boot Camp on the installation and repair of copper and fiber optic-based cabling systems, resulting in nearly 80 young offenders participating in the program, and more than 90 percent receiving certification as Certified Network Cabling Specialists.

http://www.pbpp.state.pa.us/ova/cwp/view.asp?A=3&Q=152904

http://www.cor.state.pa.us/stats/lib/stats/bootcamp.pdf

http://nicic.org/Library/018614

http://www.psu.edu/ur/archives/intercom_1996/June20/CURRENT/research1.html


You also had a great point about taking 2 min showers and brushing your teeth in 2 min. How about going to the bathroom with no stall doors in less then 2 min! You forgot that one... I remember a day our whole platoon go in trouble and had to do squats with our matresses on our heads for about 12 hours straight, all while holding pictures of our loved ones in front of us. The statement was, your (Being me) are not in pain (yeah right) but our family is suffering and in pain because of what I did! Now that definitly got the point across! I also remember the days of lunging back and forth everywhere we went for a whole day and that was back when everything wasn't in the same building! We were also pulled out of our racks at like 2am because someone missed their mom, so at that point we were marched outside, did I mention it was the middle of the winter, and proceeded to get PT'd for about 15 minutes. We were only in shorts, flip flops and t-shirts at this point. Damn it was cold!!!! Oh I could go on....

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE Write to your loved ones if they are in boot camp!!!!!! It will mean the world to this person.

INEEDMYBOO
09-14-2006, 12:12 PM
I would like to know How long did you have to wait to go to boot camp?

BootCampSuccess
09-15-2006, 02:39 PM
Hello, I waited about a month in county for state, then I sat in State for about 5-6 months to get classified and cleared for Bootcamp. Then I was in Boot camp for around 6 months. Then I was free on parole. You either need a approved home plan (no drugs, guns, felons, etc.) Or you go to a halfway house. It was better then sitting up state for 2.5 years...I will tell you that, and obviously it worked since I have now been out for 8 years, and walked off all my parole/ probation. I actually just got off in June! If you have the opportunity, do it!

INEEDMYBOO
09-15-2006, 05:27 PM
Thanks for the information, my fiance Has been there since July 18th and they told him last month that he should be going within the next 2-3 month but I'll believe it when it happens. Hopefully it will be that soon or maybe sooner.

INEEDMYBOO
09-16-2006, 09:46 PM
What does PT'd mean?

BootCampSuccess
09-17-2006, 07:23 PM
Personal Training, that is what the "Instructors" call it when the exercise you when you have done something wrong. They do everything that you have to do except they don't give you a break. They will do 20 pushups, and then you have to; however, when you are doing your 20 they rest and do 20 more, then right when you are done you have to do 20 more, with no rest. Do you get what I mean?

However; you are in such good shape by the time you leave there they can't do anything physical to you anymore, so they play mind games with you. Otherwise, they would be like get down and do 20, you would be like ok how about 40. You are a machine when you leave that place, best shape in your life.... Hope this helps...

INEEDMYBOO
09-17-2006, 09:27 PM
Yea I get what you are saying, if I have any more Questions, I will be sure to ask. Thanks A Bunch. Oh yea, how often do they come get people for boot camp?

INEEDMYBOO
10-06-2006, 07:56 PM
I Just Got Some Good News, My Man Just Got To Boot Camp Today And It Only Took Him Two Month And Two Weeks, I Am So Happy For My Boo. We'll Be Togther Again Real Soon.

bobble60
10-06-2006, 09:51 PM
Congratulations.

bob

INEEDMYBOO
10-08-2006, 11:07 AM
tHANKS

promise
01-01-2007, 09:33 PM
hi...i am also another new person to the site. My boyfriend of four years was sentenced to 2 1/2-5 yrs. However, he was eligible to go to the boot camp program. He has to wait 6 months in a regular facility before he does his 6 months in boot camp. So far he's done 3 months. It's so hard for me because we have never been apart for that long. Aside from that, I don't understand how if it is as disciplinary as people say, how are they housed along with female inmates while in the program? Another thing, I've read most of the information but I want to know if there is anyone who knows someone who went and said it is almost impossible to graduate because of the discipline and structure. What kinds of things do they actually have them do? If anyone can answer my questions please do.....

izzieFLY
01-02-2007, 04:21 PM
Hi Promise~ 1st, I know that this is really hard for you. I was with my man for a number of years before he was incarcerated as well. We had never been apart for very long, and I was devastated when it felt like he was ripped away. The Judge sencented him to 2 1/2-5 years & also said that he would be eligible for boot camp, and it was on his sentencing order. We were told by his attorney that after 3-6 months in a state facility, he would be transferred to Quehanna. After 5 months of being un-classified, he was transferred to a home jail (not boot camp) and remained there for another year until they finally sent him to boot camp. By the time he got to boot camp, he had served 23 months of his sentence. I'm not telling you this to upset you, I just want you to know that we were in a very similar situation and I wish we would have known it wasn't going to be as easy has having him home within a year (as the judge/lawyer made us feel). Just because the Judge says he/she is "eligible", that does not mean the DOC will send him off ahead of any other individual. Platoons only hold 40 @ one time, and there are only so many phases at the camp. I will pray for you that you are more fortunate, and that you only have to wait a few more months. There are certainly people who get there within the 6 months as well, so keep your hopes up. I only wish someone would have been a little more realistic with me when everything was going on.
As far as male and female inmates being housed together, the answer is "no." They are in a platoon together, work together, complete tasks together, and do push-ups along side of one another, but they do not sleep, dress, or shower in the same place.
There is a member of PTO, "JustReleasedin05" who completed the program and has tons of great info through the PA site. He also may read your post and respond with more info. If you read the post under "Boot Camp Info" which is still on the 1st page under Pennsylvania, you'll see that the boot camp program is not created to "fail" the inmate completeing the camp. They aren't trying to make graduation impossible... read those posts and I think you'll have the info you are looking for.

promise
01-02-2007, 09:22 PM
hey izzie, thanks for the info. I'm sorry your situation had to be dragged out the way it did. Hopefully, they are moving my boyfriend through the process alot faster. He has been classified, he's in his home jail, and about last week, they took his DNA. So hopefully, they don't prolong the process any longer. you gave me some info...however...lol...i dont know what a platoon is. My whole problem is that...i wont be going to visit and its bad enough he's going to be so far from me...but...he has the opportunity to develop relationship with another female besides me. im not insecure...i just know how guys can be.
On another note, i know he said there was a few people he knows that were in the boot camp program and some of the things that went on there just sound absolutely ridiculous, like giving theinmates 8 sheets of toilet paper......

BootCampSuccess
01-03-2007, 07:57 AM
I have to run to work, so this will be short and sweet I guess to add some humor to this whole situation.

"like giving theinmates 8 sheets of toilet paper......"

You get 8 if they like you! LOL The norm when I went through was more like 4. If you do a search on my name, you should be able to find some of my previous posts about my experience with bootcamp. I will probably post more now that more people are interested in it. I went throught he program back in 96-97, and am a successful graduate. Take care and good luck to your man.

PS To ease your qualms about the girls, honestly if they aren't on your work detail, you can't even talk to them anyways or you get PT'd to death:) No worries about that...

MomMissing Son
01-14-2007, 09:50 PM
Can someone help me with a boot camp question?

My son is starting to serve a 5 - 10 year sentenct in State Prison. (PA)

I read something about the state letting you know if you are eligible for boot camp.

Is there a certain amount of time that you have to do before you become eligible?

If someone could help me with this I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks
MomMissing Son

frmbeliever
02-18-2007, 07:40 PM
How many can go to the graduation

jr'sbabygirl
08-30-2007, 12:37 PM
HELLO LADIES I WAS JUST WONDERING IF SOMEONE COULD GIVE ME SOME INFO ON QUEHANNA BOOTCAMP MY BOYFRIEND WILL BE LEAVING FOR THERE VERY SOON AND I HEARD IT WAS HARD TO GET THROUGH. JUST CURIOUS IF ANYONE HAS ANY INFORMATION ON IT FOR ME?:confused:

mrs joe
09-04-2007, 09:43 PM
quehanna is tough...just like the army, maybe worse, but the good news about it is that it has a high success rate.

jr'sbabygirl
09-05-2007, 07:36 AM
thanx that's what i've been hearing!

mrs joe
09-08-2007, 12:12 AM
i manage an employment agency & have worked many times with guys fresh from boot camp. they are polite & respectful & all are pretty much not going back to any of their old ways to keep out of trouble. Good Luck!

jr'sbabygirl
09-11-2007, 03:43 PM
THANX GIRLS I APPRECIATE IT!

jr'sbabygirl
09-18-2007, 08:02 PM
WELL NOW I'M HOPING TO MEET SOME PEOPLE THAT MAYBE KNOW SOMEONE IN THE BOOTCAMP! THEY TOOK HIM YESTERDAY UNEXPECTEDELY AND EARLY! I'M SO WORRIED DOES ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT QUEHANNA! I KNOW SOMEONE THAT WENT THROUGH THE PROGRAM AND GRADUATED WITH HONORS AND THE TOLD ME WHAT HE'S DOING RIGHT NOW AND I JUST DON'T WANNA HEAR ANYMORE! HE SAID THEY'RE PROBABLY MAKING HIM SLEEP SOAKING WET TONIGHT AND BIENG PT'D TO DEATH! I'M SO WORRIED ABOUT HIM! BUT KNOW IT'S THE BEST THING I JUST WANNA HEAR FROM HIM TO KNOW IF HE'S OK! SO IF ANYONE CAN RELATE THAT WOULD BE GREAT! I FEEL VERY ALONE RIGHT NOW!:(

sashaandphilly
09-18-2007, 09:27 PM
Are you in PHILA,PA? My guy is trying to get bootcamp? How did yours get it?

jr'sbabygirl
09-19-2007, 01:29 AM
no i'm in williamsport pa but my man was in sci houtzdale i think he just went and talked to his counselor about it! not exactly sure how that works! if i find nething out i'll let u know!

SassyQ
09-19-2007, 10:32 PM
I dont know much about boot camp but hold onto your faith and things will be ok. I'll be praying for you and your guy.

jr'sbabygirl
09-20-2007, 10:15 PM
thanx sassyQ he actually got to call me last night and i got 3 letters and a card today in the mail plus he's having his stuff from the prison sent! i can't wait to get it so i can feel close to him! but they're bustin his ass so far he has to run 2miles in 14 mins. and he was a smoker! but he's gonna look good as hell when he gets home! 6months left he'll be home by may! i'm excited!:thumbsup:

jr'sbabygirl
09-23-2007, 12:39 AM
well i'm feeling pretty good about this bootcamp thing now i heard from him tonight and he's doing good! great actually! i'm very proud of him!!:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

moonbeammama
09-10-2008, 04:38 PM
Wow, that's good. I know this original post was from a year ago, but it's nice to read a little, especially that your guy said he was doing good. My little boys dad is scheduled to go to Quehanna the end of this month and some of the storiesfrom there sound pretty bad. I am hoping and praying it will not be too rough. An ex-sergent from a juvenille bootcamp said the sergents are so rough on the guys because some are killers and its a form of rehibilitation, but my guy says most of the guys he knows at Camphill that are on the bootcamp block with him are there for some drug offense. Which they should not be imprisoned for!! It sucks, that's for sure. Our laws need to change BIG time! Anyway, take care everyone. ( Hope jr'sgirl and family are doing good!)

Waiting Wife
05-21-2009, 11:09 AM
Anyone with any information about Quehanna boot camp please let me know.....Ive gotten some information but would appreciate more if possible! Im hoping to go visit him this weekend, if hell even be allowed to have a visit......anyway please drop a line if you think you have any helpful input!! Thanks and have a wonderful day!!!!

msonlydabest
05-21-2009, 11:25 AM
Congrats!!!! I know how much you were waiting for this...he will be home hopefully before the new year!!!

:thumbsup:

I am still waiting on the lawyer in regards to what we spoke about but she sounded hopeful so I am hopeful as well :D


Positive thoughts/prayers going your way!

Waiting Wife
05-21-2009, 01:48 PM
Congrats!!!! I know how much you were waiting for this...he will be home hopefully before the new year!!!

:thumbsup:

I am still waiting on the lawyer in regards to what we spoke about but she sounded hopeful so I am hopeful as well :D


Positive thoughts/prayers going your way!

Thanks!! Finally all the waiting has paid off lol!! Im in a better mood than I have been in quite a long time.....thank GOD! Now we can start counting down the days....yay!!

Let me know how you make out with your situation...my thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you! Im keeping my fingers crossed it works out for the best.....please keep me updated and LOTS OF LUCK:)!!!

johnswifey08
05-21-2009, 08:02 PM
Congrats!! So hopefully our men will be coming home around the same time!! His min is Dec 1st! ; ) Yayyy!!!!

allusion
05-21-2009, 08:31 PM
Here's the scoop. As long as he's in pre-boot camp, you should be permitted to visit both Saturday and Sunday (AM or PM). Call ahead of time. He maybe able to call you so stick close to the phone. If you can visit, do so. This is a very traumatic transition so you're support is important. The vending machines are awful so eat before your visit. Make sure he sits with both feet on the floor when he visits; otherwise, he'll get in trouble. The visitation room isn't that big so get there early. The parking lot is across the street from the camp so wear comfortable shoes because it's a long walk. The hand towels are above the light in the bathroom. There are two bathrooms. The one on right is for the inmates and the one of the left is for visitors. As usual, no cell phones, pages, knives, weapons, etc. Remember that this is very difficult and they can't write much....he might not know that yet. Contact with the outside world is limited.

Be strong!!!

Waiting Wife
05-21-2009, 09:11 PM
Here's the scoop. As long as he's in pre-boot camp, you should be permitted to visit both Saturday and Sunday (AM or PM). Call ahead of time. He maybe able to call you so stick close to the phone. If you can visit, do so. This is a very traumatic transition so you're support is important. The vending machines are awful so eat before your visit. Make sure he sits with both feet on the floor when he visits; otherwise, he'll get in trouble. The visitation room isn't that big so get there early. The parking lot is across the street from the camp so wear comfortable shoes because it's a long walk. The hand towels are above the light in the bathroom. There are two bathrooms. The one on right is for the inmates and the one of the left is for visitors. As usual, no cell phones, pages, knives, weapons, etc. Remember that this is very difficult and they can't write much....he might not know that yet. Contact with the outside world is limited.

Be strong!!!

They transferred him this morning so I was kind of hoping for a phone call tonight but no such luck. If he hasnt called by early afternoon tomorrow Im going to call there and ask about visiting, my parents were on his list at Camp Hill but I heard boot camp only allows immediate family members. We were expecting limited contact, actually weve been preparing ourselves for it for awhile. I really hope they let me see him this weekend, I dont know how long hell be in pre boot camp and I know I cant travel much longer, Im getting too close to my due date. Thanks again for all your help.....how is your loved one doing??? I kept meaning to PM you and find out but things have been crazy here lately between getting ready for the baby and all the stuff with my hubby. Please keep in touch, youve been an amazing help!

B&E_Always
07-06-2009, 06:21 PM
Does anyone know if all inmates get a heart test in Camphill?? I heard its if they send you to boot camp. True??

Waiting Wife
07-29-2009, 11:08 PM
Yes only inmates that are up for boot camp admission get EKGs done UNLESS the inmate is having some sort of medical issue when an EKG is necessary.

lotus1
08-12-2009, 08:56 AM
Anyone with any information about Quehanna boot camp please let me know.....Ive gotten some information but would appreciate more if possible! Im hoping to go visit him this weekend, if hell even be allowed to have a visit......anyway please drop a line if you think you have any helpful input!! Thanks and have a wonderful day!!!!


hi
can you remind me how to do a general post. i am from wilkes barre scranton. i am looking for someone to drive with to share expenses.
i knowthe visiting is on sat 1230 to 330 for the sip program.
thanks

tripnstuff99
12-15-2009, 11:00 PM
So...my boyfriend gets out of bootcamp on Feb. 24th. Does anyone know what I can expect at the "graduation"?

carolyn17603
02-01-2010, 09:22 AM
how is quehanna? I know nothing about it but have a friend there

Waiting Wife
02-01-2010, 07:04 PM
Anyone that wants to know anything about Quehanna boot camp, PM me, my hubby just graduated last month and Ill answer whatever questions you have....

aliciaaa10
04-30-2010, 09:48 PM
My fiancee is currently in county where I can visit 3 times a week and I get at least 3 calls per day. He took a 2 to 4 with bootcamp and I have a few questions? How often are calls really once per month??? He will not make it...and any one have an idea of the wait before camp after getting to state? As well what are some reasons u know of being disqualified for bootcamp? We are both nervous, basically want to get this over with and possibly get married while he is in a state facility. Not much GOOD info on DOC site they of course don't want to let you know upfront what you're getting into....so frustrating

Cloey123
05-03-2010, 01:37 PM
My fiancee is currently in county where I can visit 3 times a week and I get at least 3 calls per day. He took a 2 to 4 with bootcamp and I have a few questions? How often are calls really once per month??? He will not make it...and any one have an idea of the wait before camp after getting to state? As well what are some reasons u know of being disqualified for bootcamp? We are both nervous, basically want to get this over with and possibly get married while he is in a state facility. Not much GOOD info on DOC site they of course don't want to let you know upfront what you're getting into....so frustrating
I'm not sure if there is a side for bootcamp & a side for the SIP program but mine just went there for the SIP and can make 2 calls a day!!!!!!! His visits during the weekend are Saturdays only from 12:30 to 3:30...said the food is not that bad.....Well that's all I really know for now but again I'm not sure if the rules are different for the bootcamp vs Sip....

ECMT2010
05-28-2010, 01:33 PM
I was in Boot Camp from Feb 1997 to August 1997. I had witnessed a Sergant lose his life in a motorcycle accident in front of a warehouse that used to be next door. August 14TH 1997 Sergant Sean Davis Passed away in front of my eyes. I was able to walk off 7 years of parole. I still think about that day every now and then. Alot has happened since then. I Had it easy though. I was a Laundry worked under the supervision of Labor Foreman Larry Thompson. Unforetunatly I was in a horrible car accident in 2003 and have trouble remember things. Amazing though how some of it comes back to me. Kinda neat that I found this forum. Peace Out!
Wish they would do some updates on the boot camp. Looks like I'll have to do some more searching.

latinamix
06-27-2010, 06:50 PM
HI my boyfriend went to court and the judge said he was gunna get a possible 2-4 or get sent to boot camp.
WHo decides if he gets to go to bootcamp?
and how long once he get to camphill will it take for him to get to boot camp?
so ppl in county has been tellin him to just take the 2-4 bcuz the bootcamp has a waiting list of like a yr or more? plz any help would greatly be appreciated

raptor660r70
07-08-2010, 06:38 PM
I just came home from the bootcamp on july 18th . It was defintley a rough stop . But a rewarding stop in more ways then one . First i'm home 9 months before my minimum , second i learned a great deal there, alot more then i would have at a regular prison , and i also came home in the best shape of my life . We had a 6'4 370 pound guy in our platoon and he graduated weighing 270 . Just a few words of advise . Don't talk when your not supposed to , listen , study , and watch out for Sgt. Stewart, Sgt. Dixon, And officer Mays . Those guys are real pricks . Bootcamp is alot of mental and physical games . But if you pass along my advise and your loved ones can deal with those few things they will be just fine . I'd also i advise them to shave there hair before they go to get use to it and to shave everyday and brush there teeth in under 2 minutes and get used to 2 minute showers . And those times are no exageration . There first 6-8 weeks will be the very worst , but after that all will be fine . Visits are every other weekend and holidays , 1 weekend will be am visits 9-12 then the next will be pm visits 1230-330 . O advise them to get used to military time as well . Well i hope this helped. If you need more info feel free to pm or email me emsp4life@rcn.com JR in 05
lol, i was in sgt stewert's platoon back in '00, the one i really didnt like was sgt. garner, now that man has a real attitude problem, i think it was from his bodybuilding and to many steroid shots. im not sure how it was when you were in or how it is now but back then for those who werent mentally strong enough to handle the abuse that our minds and bodies took suffered but the platoon stuck together and helped out the weaker one's. our platoon was so messed up as a group we got an extended week of green phase. i remember one morning in gold phase sgt. stewert came in to do our p/t with us and in gold phase individuals from the platoon get to lead the p/t and we smoked stewert. hahaha. all in all the boot camp is a very good tool to retrain young adults who need a turning point in their life. unfourtunatly not everybody that goes there goes for the right reason and ends up screwing up again but if the person goes there with an open mind for change they will get what they need there. i for one didnt need the military type training considering i did my time in the corp many years prior to going to qbc but i did wonder off the right path many times after leaving the service which ended me in prison with a 1 and a half to 5 so going to qbc was a early release ticket for me, thats not saying i didnt get anything out of it, i learned alot and turned myself around and been almost 10 years walking down the right path once again. not sure how much my past influenced the timing on getting me to qbc but i was sent to county in dec. of '99 then to scich in feb. of '00 then to qbc in july of '00. i know that there were people waiting to go to qbc many months and even close to a year ( that were in blues ). like i said though that was 10 years ago and we all know how times change. i would say this though " tell your loved ones not to give up hope on getting there, it will happen. and not to listen to other inmates concerning how long things happen there, its different for every individual. just tell them to do what they got to do to make it through the day and stay out of trouble and consider the wait part of the qbc way, whether they know it or not this wait is part of the training, teaches self control and that they will need to survive qbc. good luck to all that are there and to those who are waiting to go.

Aj215
08-09-2011, 03:45 AM
Boot Camp is an easier program than most realize, If you are offered it I would suggest you take it. Here is what you can expect from the process.
1) DO NOT get any write ups or infractions while waiting to get there! Even getting put on cell restriction can give them reason to deny you boot camp, remember just because the Judge gave you boot camp does not mean you are getting it. Your classification counselor at camp hill will decide that.
2) You can not be classified any higher than a 2 if you are you will have to wait till your level drops down to a 2 before you will be allowed to go.
3) While waiting for transfer to the Q.B.C. learn the 12 steps of both A.A. and N.A. as well as the 7 steps to the position of attention. When you get there and you are in Green Phase you will need to learn and write down the Thought Prayer and Action of the Day always write it down and if the action tells you to make a list make a list of no less than 3 things.
4) When you get to the QBC you can expect to be in Pre-Boot for anywhere from a day to 2 mths it is very boring
5) Phase 1 (Brown Phase) also called orientation is by far the hardest part of the program it is 2 weeks long, you will wake up and exercise all day except for the first hour after each meal than you will be studying.
Phase 2 (Green Phase) you can expect your first phone call home since you started about 4 weeks into this phase send a letter home letting them know the date you will be calling (you only get 1 chance to call) and it only last for 15 min so make it good and yes they do listen and review your calls so dont be an idiot on the phone. Phase 3 (Red Phase) 1 Phone call every month. Phase 4 (gold phase) by far the easiest phase games, tv, you get to sit, phone calls everyday.
6)Your whole time in the program you will be given a work card that you will take to school and work where you will be awarded points these points will be used to buy the things I talked about in gold phase such as phone calls games and even your seat. Keep track of your own points.
7) Do not Fail your classes or programs you will be Recycled. Meaning you will have more time in the boot camp than 6 months.
8) Do not piss off any counselor there they are worse than the drill Sgt.'s they are extremely spiteful
9) While in Pre boot and gold phase you will have yard time I would recommend avoiding all contact sports injuries will get you recycled or removed from the program especially Basket ball I personally witnessed 10) people sent back to jail with new charges over fights on the court.
11) Expect to deal with alot of hunger pains and know that you will be standing for 95% of the time you are there.
DO WHAT YOU ARE TOLD WHEN YOU ARE TOLD NO MORE NO LESS AND YOU WILL BE FINE THIS PROGRAM IS MORE ABOUT HUMILITY THAN ANYTHING ELSE. THIS IS A MENTAL PROGRAM I HAVE SEEN 400 LB GUYS COMPLETE THIS AND SEEN GUYS IN GREAT SHAPE FAIL REMEMBER YOUR FAMILIES AND REMEMBER YOUR REASONS AND GET HOME. I SPENT 11 MONTHS IN THE PROGRAM PLUS 2 MONTHS OF PRE BOOT 13 MTHS TOTAL I WAS RECYCLED FOR F***ING UP AND STEALING FOOD. DON'T GET IN TROUBLE WHILE YOU ARE THERE! BELIEVE ME YOU DONT WANT TO EXPLAIN TO YOUR KID AND FAMILY THAT YOU WONT BE HOME FOR ANOTHER 3 MTHS OVER A COOKIE.
Over all though I would recommend taking this program. Even with the extra time for being recycled I was still home early. Best to luck to you and your families.
ohh yea Visits you will get 1 a month in green phase and 2 a month in red gold phase is only 2 weeks long so its not really worth it

Sgt_usmc
10-22-2011, 06:25 PM
To those of you who have been here..., i was wondering a few things. I have spent 8 years in the Marine Corps snd one of my billets was drill instructor, at parris island... I was looking to become a sgt here, but ive heard its closed.
I wonder what exactly this place is like. Im sure its similiar to our bootcamp in some ways, but they are not making Marines, this is a punishment. Anyways, i would like to hear how you guys think it would match up against Usmc recruit training.
I would like to continue to chqnge ppls lives in a positive way, its extremely rewarding.
Thanks to who replies

bobble60
10-22-2011, 08:00 PM
You should check the PA DOC website at:
http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&objID=13475&mode=2

Callalilly
11-13-2011, 10:58 AM
Does anyone have someone hoping to get into boot camp?

Aj215
01-13-2012, 03:27 AM
Here is another thing for people to consider when weighing the options of RRRI -vs- Boot camp. Yes they are both technically pre release but boot camp is the only sure thing to getting released, also Boot camp inmates only have to serve 1 month in a half way house after release no matter how far you are from your minimum as opposed to RRRI and all other pre release programs where you will have to live in the half way house till your state minimum date. For boot camp you will not get out of the half way house any sooner than 30 days. On your 30th as long as you have an approved home plan you will be sleeping in your own bed that night. Just be sure to wait till you get signed out of the half way house by the PO assigned to it before you leave or you will be going back.


If you live in Bucks county there are NO halfway houses in this county that accept boot camp parolees and ony 2 in philly the one I was at was located on the corner of broad and Girard and it is a pain in the ass to get a travel pass up to Bucks to see family. But just relax, use your time to go out side clear your head smell the fresh air sit on the stoop and let the crack heads amuse you.

A couple more things......
1) they will not allow you to graduate the boot camp program untill your victim's compensation fund is paid off. Everyone has it I can't remember the exact name of it, but its the fund they automatically deduct every month from your books. it totals out to be around $65 sorry I can't be more exact. And if they fail any program while in boot camp they can be recycled depending on when the next class is scheduled to start and finish. The one program that if you fail is Batterer's Prevention or something like that if you fial this you will be recycled automatically because of the length of the program.

Sorry I can't be of more help with the programs but I was not required to take any. I recognized the test at camp hill. The (personality test) seem's to be the deciding factor in what your programs will be as well as criminal history, and what you admit to the counselor as far as past drug use. I recommend not admitting to any drug use what so ever to limit the amount of programs you get.

For the families of people in boot camp the best thing you can do to support your loved ones while going through it is to send a POSITIVE loving letter every day at least one a day. Keep them informed about current events and your personal lives sports or whatever just write to them once a day. At the end of every night a few min before lights out the Drill Sgt will have everyone in the platoon stand at the POA position of attention while they do mail call you will stand there if you have mail or not. I was lucky to have family and friends as well as a loving supportive fiance that wrote me multiple letters a day, but the guys that didn't get mail say that was the hardest part of the program seeing everyone get mail and honestly it is the only thing that brings a smile to a person face while in there it is the only time of the day where you can look around and see a lot of guys faces cheesing.


Another thing for the most part those Drill Sgt.s are fair and treat you with respect untill you give them a reason. The more you progress through the program the Drill Sgt.'s will even joke with you talk to you tell you whats going on with sports or current events. They even let you crack jokes on them and laugh with you as long as they see that your trying. They are not the ones you should be concerned about recycling you or getting you into trouble it is the counselor's that are responsible for the most recycling or booting you out of the program.

Another thing if your loved one or you are going there and like me are ex military do not tell them that when you get there like I did, they really like to mess with you then.

If they do not send you a letter every day do not be upset, for 2 reasons
1) the days there are pretty much all routine and there is nothing new to write about.
2) you are only allowed a few minutes a night to write. Depending on who your Drill Sgt. is I could give you exact details with what to expect from each Drill Sgt that was there when I was there but I respect them too much to put their names on here, also the Drill Sgt.'s change since 90% of them are active military or reserve and are always shipping out and returning to work while on their military leave

Tyaiden
03-12-2013, 11:05 PM
Hi I am new to this site... I am wondering about quehanna boot camp.. My husband was sentenced to a 5 to 10 years in a SCI.. He wants to go to boot camp and was wondering if he served 3 years in prison if he could get into boot camp with 2 years left.. What would he have to do or is it even possible??

bobble60
03-17-2013, 07:53 AM
The first question is whether or not the sentencing court made him eligible for boot camp. Many offenses disqualify the individual.

If he's elgible, then the DOC will evaluate him and make a decision. if he could be eligible but the judge didn't say so, then the DOC has the option of asking the court to allow it.

Tyaiden
03-19-2013, 09:15 AM
When he was sentenced he was not eligible for RRRI, which he was told that... The judge didn't say anything boot camp... He was thinking of writing to PA sentencing commission... The only thing that would disqualify him would be the amount of years he was sentenced... Thank you

bobble60
03-26-2013, 08:39 PM
The Sentencing Commission has no authority over individual sentences; their role is in developing sentencing policy.

The court said he isn't RRRI eligible.
The length of his sentence seems to preclude him going to Boot Camp.

wsepeda
01-14-2014, 12:29 PM
hi my boyfriend is currently at camp hill. he did about 5 months in Monroe county then 3 months in graterford and just arrived to camp hill 5 days ago. he is eligible for boot camp and his lawyer says he doesn't know when he will actually start. I know he wont find out until he gets to his home prison but based on everyone's experience, about how long did it take your inmates to get to boot camp? my boyfriend was sentenced to 27 months to 5 years. hes already 8-9 months in and it just seems like a never ending process! any feedback will help. thanks!

Katherinemichel
02-16-2014, 10:57 AM
I'm wondering if you are boot camp eligible when do you go? Min is 27 months and he's 7 months in. At camp hill now finally. Do they start certain months or just send them periodically? Also once they finish do they go home or halfway house and for how long? Trying to get as much info as possible so feel free to overload me. Also are their vocational classes there for those who already graduated high school? If so what kind. Thank you