The Bay County Sheriff's Office is shutting down its juvenile boot camp after the death of 14-year-old Martin Anderson.
The alternative is facilities like "Sayla Therapeutic Resources." The program acts as crisis prevention and intervention, while providing a living place for young men who are sent to the facility through the juvenile court system.
The program allows no physical contact between the staff and the students. Instead, there are psychological and educational sessions, with treatment plans that include individual counseling, group counseling, family counseling and parenting classes. It's one of the only programs in the state that provides services like these.
Another effective part of their program is that after the student has served their time at STR, a mentor is sent home with them and follows them for the next six to nine months, helping them adjust back into the real world.