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Lufkin man appears in court after success in prison boot camp


Tuesday 27-year-old Justin Durham found himself back in court after completing the boot camp program in prison four years ago.

 "It all comes down to their accountability and desire to change," said Dustin Fore, Probation Supervisor.

Durham was convicted in July of 2010 for his role in two convenience store robberies he was sentenced to 10 years in prison but was given probation after completing boot camp.

Probation supervisor Dustin Fore boot camp is a structured environment, mirroring the style of a military boot camp.

 "They march everywhere they go, strict discipline, yes sir, no sir they have to work on their GED, community service projects. It can provide that structure they may not have had in their life," said Fore.

But in October of 2013 Durham was arrested for burglary of Habitation, a violation of his probation.

Fore says the program provides significant structure but says some may have trouble transitioning back into citizen life.

 "If someone has a lot of structure and they are placed in an environment where there is no follow-up where its all or nothing I think its setting them up to fail," said Fore.

The T.L Roach Unit in Childress County is the last prison with offender boot camp in the state of Texas.

Fore says the trend now is more community based programs.

 "They are based on research and they stay in the community and we can get them in and monitor them but if they don't make it they go to prison," said Fore.

Fore says there are people who make it through the boot camp and probation and believes after care is essential in their success.

But the choice to change is up to them.

"If they are not ready to use those tools to change their life then they're not going to be successful," said Fore.

 Durham will be sentenced at a later date following a pre-sentencing investigation.

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