8215 Rainbow Heights Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028
PH: (760) 728-2554
Total Staff (CDCR) 2014: 9
Total Staffing (CAL-FIRE/LAC) 2014: 13
Total # Inmates (as of 10/27/14): 100
The Rainbow Conservation Camp inmates design plaques, clocks and wooden signs in hobby craft. CAL Fire staff has a sign-making shop.
Rainbow Conservation Camp crews provide labor for work projects for the National Park Service, California State Parks and Recreation, San Diego County, and other organizations. Work projects include brush clearing; weed abatement, hazardous tree removal, downed tree removal, liter removal, filling sand bags and other cleanup projects.
The Rainbow Conservation Camp CC #2 was the first camp jointly operated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and CAL Fire. The camp began operations on October 1, 1946 with a small group of male inmates, CDCR staff, and CAL Fire employees. The camp made history again in 1983 when it became an all-female inmate camp. The camp remained under administrative supervision of the Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) until October 2005, when the California Institution for Women (CIW) took over the operation of Rainbow, Puerta La Cruz and the Malibu Conservation Camps.
The primary mission of the camp is to provide inmate fire crews for fire suppression principally in San Diego and Riverside Counties, but has been assigned to numerous off-reservation assignments throughout the state. In addition to fire suppression, inmate hand crews provide a work force for conservation projects and community service.
During their leisure time, inmates may participate in hobby craft, softball, basketball, horseshoes, reading or other activities. Spiritual and self-help services such as Catholic Services, Calvary Chapel, Jewish Services, West Angeles Church, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are provided by community volunteers. Malibu also facilitates GED preparation, college courses facilitated by Palo Verde College and pre-release classes. Inmates quickly learn that life at a conservation camp is more desirable than serving time behind the walls of a prison. Their work activities and efforts during emergencies build a strong work ethic, and a feeling of self-worth. These activities prepare the inmates for a successful integration back into their communities upon release.