Closing Of Indiana Juvenile Boot Camp Put On Hold

LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) _ State officials are delaying the planned closing of a boot camp for juvenile offenders in northwestern Indiana.

Gov. Mike Pence's office said Monday any changes for Camp Summit in LaPorte were on hold for now.

Pence spokeswoman Kara Brooks tells The Times of Munster that the governor told the Department of Correction to continue working with those who would be affected by the closing.

The Department of Correction had planned to close the boot camp Oct. 1 and transfer the 72 boys housed there to community-based programs or other state facilities.

Indiana House Democratic leader Scott Pelath of Michigan City called the closing decision a “misalignment of priorities'' and unnecessary with a $2 billion state surplus.

Camp Summit is Indiana's only paramilitary style camp for juveniles.