Sierra Conservation Center (SCC)
Sierra Conservation Center - Mission Statement
The primary mission of the Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) is to provide housing, programs and services for minimum and medium custody inmates. SCC is one of only two prisons in the State responsible for the training and placement of male inmates in the Conservation Camp Program. SCC administers 19 male camps located from Central California to the Mexican border.
SCC functions as the center for training staff and inmates in firefighting techniques. The prison is separated into two dormitory type facilities for minimum and low-medium custody inmates. A separate high-medium custody facility is for Sensitive Needs Yard (SNY) placement.
Each of the 19 Conservation Camps is a self-contained "prison without walls." The camps are sited in rural or wilderness areas for fire suppression. Inmates assigned to camps are dispatched to fight wild land fires and other emergencies when needed and a variety of community work projects. This results in a tremendous cost savings to tax payers of the State of California.
SCC houses inmates designated by medical as low to medium risk, and identified by the Mental Health Services Delivery System as Correctional Clinical Case Management System or lower. Inmates at SCC are encouraged to attend education programs that include Adult Basic Education, General Educational Development programs, Career Technical Education in Computer Literacy, Building Maintenance, Carpentry, Masonry, Welding, Auto Body Repair, and Auto Mechanics/Engine Repair. A multitude of other voluntary programs that afford the inmates opportunities for self-improvement are available as well to include Alcoholic Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous, Veterans Support Group, Freedom and Choice, Meditation, Victims Impact, Alternatives to Violence, Responsible Fatherhood, 12 Steps, Criminals and Gang Anonymous, Self-Awareness and Recovery, Celebrate Recovery, and Anger Management.
SCC also offers the Substance Abuse Treatment (SAT) program on the Level III SNY facility. The SAT program provides comprehensive substance abuse services including assessments, treatment planning, and placement into community-based substance abuse programs in an effort to reduce recidivism.
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