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JUDGE ORDERS BOOT CAMP GRAD TO PRISON

January 16, 1993

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A 19-year-old Lawrence man who spent six months in a state prison boot camp designed to shock offenders into going straight has been sent back to prison.

District Judge Mike Malone ruled this week that the man, Ronald Robinson, had violated conditions of a five-year community corrections assignment and would have to serve two one- to five-year prison terms on charges of theft and possessing stolen property.

In December 1991, Malone gave Robinson the choice of serving his prison term on those charges or being assigned to a six-month program at the Labette Correctional Conservation Camp.

Robinson chose the camp, which is run like a military boot camp. At the camp, inmates are given crewcuts and must wear uniforms. They put in 17-hour days of marching and performing menial tasks.

They are ordered to stand at attention, march, address guards and administrators as "sir" and "ma'am."

Robinson completed the six-month program in June. After he returned, Malone ordered that he be placed on intensive supervised probation to be monitored by the Douglas County Community Corrections program.

In a July 13 Journal-World article, Robinson described the camp and said the experience had rehabilitated him.

But according to court records, the change of heart didn't last long. On Oct. 22, Robinson was arrested on two felony counts of auto burglary and two misdemeanor counts of theft. A trial on those charges is scheduled for March 1.

And on Jan. 4, Robinson was charged with a misdemeanor count of theft that later was amended to a felony. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

During a hearing Wednesday, Robinson's probation officers told Malone that Robinson had not notified them about changes in address and that he had failed to maintain employment. The officers also told Malone that Robinson had not been paying court-ordered restitution and fees.

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