Malibu Conservation Camp #13


Camp Details

Contact Info

  • 1250 S. Encinal Canyon Rd., Malibu, CA 90265
  • (310) 457-2253

CDCR Camp Staff

  • Lt. J. Rader, Camp Commander
  • Sgt. D. Jones Assistant Camp Commander

2021 Camp Statistics

  • CDCR Staff: 9
  • Total number of inmates: 12
  • Total inmate capacity: 100

Camp History

Malibu Conservation Camp (#13) was opened in October 1980. The camp is jointly operated by CDCR and the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACFD). The camp was previously operated as a CDCR male inmate camp. It was established as a female camp in 1986. Malibu incarcerated crews are utilized on wildland fire suppression, as well as county conservation assignments, which include maintenance of the State beaches, 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 100 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.

Camp Products

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 also produces canvass duffle bags, backpacks, radio harnesses, belts, boot blousers and other various products requested by LACFD.

Community Service Projects

Malibu Conservation Camp crews work on 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. Malibu Conservation Camp inmates make rain sticks and design plaques, picture frames, clocks, wooden ornaments, jewelry boxes and signs.

Inmate Programs

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 reentry.