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New York's shock camps claim to keep inmates out of prison

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Correctional officer Juleigh Walker watches as inmates sit for lunch at the Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility, on Aug. 22, in Mineville, N.Y.

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Correctional officer Juleigh Walker inspects inmates during morning formation at the Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility on Aug. 22, in Mineville, N.Y.

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Inmates line up for lunch at the Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility on Aug. 22, in Mineville, N.Y.

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An inmate shouts during morning stretching at the Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility on Aug. 22, in Mineville, N.Y.

New York corrections officials say they have graduated more than 40,000 inmates from military-style boot camps over the past 25 years and most never come back. Established as an alternative to regular prison in the 1980s in efforts across the country, which got mixed reviews and dropped by several states, New York officials have kept three shock camps going with a model they consider effective, with lower recidivism and saving money.

Only prisoners convicted of nonviolent crimes who volunteer and sign contracts go to the camps. Many drop out or are kicked out before completing the six months of mandatory physical training, manual labor, education and drug counseling, scrutinized by drill instructors. The prize for completing the course is a shortened sentence.

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-- Associated Press

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Superintendent Bruce McCormick inspects inmates fingernails at the Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility Wednesday, on 22, in Mineville, N.Y.

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Inmates wait to eat lunch at the Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility, on Aug. 22, in Mineville, N.Y.

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Inmates stand during morning flag formation at the Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility, on Aug. 22, in Mineville, N.Y.

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