Malibu Conservation Camp #13
1250 S. Encinal Canyon Rd., Malibu, CA 90265
PH: (310) 457-2253
Camp Commander: John Scott
Assistant Camp Commander: Jonnai Rader
Camp Superintendent: Michael Freeman
CDCR: Seven Correctional Officers, one Correctional Sergeant, and one Correctional Lieutenant (also known as the CDCR Camp Commander).
LAC: Ten Fire Fighter Specialist (also known as Crew Foreman), and one LAC Fire Captain (also known as the LAC Camp Superintendent).
Facts and figures
Total Staff (CDCR) 2015: 9
Total Staffing (CAL-FIRE/LAC) 2015: 11
Total # Inmates (as of 11/13/2015): 75
The Malibu Conservation Camp CC #13 was opened in October 1980. The camp is jointly operated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LAC). The Camp was previously operated as a CDCR male inmate camp. It was established as a female camp in 1986. The Malibu inmate crews are utilized on wild land fire suppression as well as county conservation assignments, including maintenance of the State Beaches, and local parks and fire stations. The camp inmates work primarily in Los Angeles County but can be used throughout the State in fire suppression efforts.
The designated capacity of the camp is for 105 minimum-custody female convicted felons. This represents five 14 person fire crews. The remaining inmates serve as cooks, clerks, landscapers, porters, camp maintenance workers and skilled shop workers.
The Malibu Conservation Camp Sew Shop not only repairs and alters clothing for the Camp and Fire Stations in the Los Angeles County area but produces canvass duffle bags, backpacks, radio harnesses, belts, boot blousers and other various products requested by Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Community service projects
Malibu Conservation Camp crews provide labor for work projects for the National Park Service, California State Parks and Recreation, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles City 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 Malibu Conservation Camp Inmates make rain sticks and design plaques, picture frames, clocks and wooden ornaments jewelry boxes and signs.
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 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.