PHOENIX (AP) -- Gov. Jane Hull wants the state to look into boosting oversight of private boot camps in the wake of the death of a 14-year-old boy at one of the facilities.
Hull said her staff is researching how other states keep tabs on such programs and that she will appoint a task force to suggest possible steps the state should take.
"Camps of this type operate outside government oversight; they occupy a 'black hole' in our state's regulatory scheme -- and that's wrong," Hull said Thursday.
"I will not have the state of Arizona be a haven for unscrupulous or abusive people who prey on desperate parents and their children," she added.
Anthony Haynes, 14, had been attending a private boot camp outside Phoenix before he died July 1. A court document said he was forced to stand in sweltering heat as punishment and drowned at a motel where he vomited mud.
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