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County Probation Camps and Ranches for Juvenile Offenders

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Publication Date: November 2008

Publisher(s): California State Library. California Research Bureau

Author(s): Marcus Nieto

Topic: Justice (Judgments and sentences)
Social conditions (Alcohol and drug addiction and trafficking)

Keywords: Juvenile Probation; Juvenile Corrections

Coverage: California


This report, which was requested by Assembly Member Jose Solorio, Chair of the Public Safety Committee, examines California's county camps and ranches for juvenile offenders in the context of recent reforms of the state's juvenile justice system. There are different models of county probation camps, including conventional camps, wilderness camps, military (boot camps), and small residential treatment facilities (known as the Missouri model). We describe the different models as implemented by California counties, with information about length of stay requirements and treatment options. When possible, we also describe the educational and vocational requirements and programs provided by the camps, and examine the availability of health and mental health services.


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