Sierra Conservation Center (SCC)

Main Phone: (209) 984-5291

Physical Address: 5100 O’Byrnes Ferry Road, Jamestown, CA 95327 (Directions)

Inmate Mailing Address:

  • Inmate Name and CDCR Number
    5150 O’Byrnes Ferry Road – Housing #, Jamestown, CA 95327

Staff Mailing Address:

  • 5100 O’Byrnes Ferry Road, Jamestown, CA 95327

Media Requests:

Contact the Public Information Officer, Lieutenant R. Jauregui at (209) 984-5291 ext. 5499

Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) is located at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in Jamestown California. SCC is minutes away from popular local boating, fishing, hunting, golfing and skiing. Regardless of the season, you will be close to world class outdoor activities. If you enjoy a smaller, rural community, the historic cities of Copperopolis, Jamestown, Angels Camp and Sonora are nearby. The larger cities of Modesto, Turlock and Merced are within an hour drive from SCC.

Sierra Nevada Mountains with flat fields and clear sky
Fresh snow mountain with a skier under a  blue clear sky
  • Adult Basic Education I, II, & III
  • General Equivalency Diploma (GED) Classes
  • Physical Fitness Training, Firefighter Training
  • Vocational Trades: Auto Body/Fender, Auto Mechanics, Welding, Masonry, Carpentry, Office Services, Electronics, and Building Maintenance
  • Volunteer Education Program (Literacy)
  • Reimbursable Community Crews, Religious
  • Prison Industry Authority (PIA) Textiles (sewing)
  • Self-Help Groups (Click on the above volunteer & self-help programs)
  • Level III SNY Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment (ISUDT)
  • Level I and II Non-Designated Programming Facility (NDPF)

DRP Programs
CDCR’s Division of Rehabilitative Programs offers a wide range of programs for inmates. Check to see which programs are offered at this institution.


The primary mission of the Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) is to provide housing, programs and services for minimum and medium custody inmates, to aid in their rehabilitation. SCC is one of the 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 southern border.

SCC functions as the center for training staff and inmates in firefighting techniques for the southern portion of California. The institution 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 20 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 Incarcerated, Freedom and Choice, Victims Impact, Alternatives to Violence, Responsible Fatherhood, Responsible Fatherhood, 12 Steps, Conflict Resolution, Criminals and Gang Anonymous, Self-Awareness and Recovery, Celebrate Recovery, New Professionals, Leadership Development, Art and Healing, and Anger Management, Career Development, Arts Corrections, English as a Second Language, Al Anon, Veterans Support Group, Meditation.

warden patrick eaton

Patrick Eaton has been acting Warden at Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) in Jamestown, CA, since December 2019. Prior to his assignment as acting Warden, he was Chief Deputy Warden at SCC from August 2018 to December 2019.

He has over 23 years of service with CDCR. He has held multiple positions at SCC. The positions include Correctional Administrator, Correctional Captain, Correctional Lieutenant, and Correctional Sergeant.

From October 1999 to January 2002, he was assigned to the Central California Women’s Facility and served as a Correctional Sergeant and Correctional Officer. Upon graduating from the Richard A. McGee Correctional Training Center in 1996, he was assigned to Salinas Valley State Prison as a Correctional Officer.

ceo karen brown

Karen Brown was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Health Care Services of Sierra Conservation Center (SCC), Jamestown in April of 2019. Prior to her appointment at SCC, Karen Brown was appointed CEO at KVSP in 2015 where she was responsible for the Correctional Treatment Center (CTC) and clinic management of 360 health care professionals, and allied health and support personnel.

Ms. Brown has more than 20 years of progressive management experience in the public and private sectors and joined CCHCS in 2008. She worked at Folsom State Prison immediately prior to KVSP where she held the positions of Correctional Health Services Administrator, Chief Support Executive, and Chief Executive Officer (A).

Ms. Brown holds a Bachelor of Science from California State University at Pomona, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix, Sacramento. She is a Certified Correctional Health Care Professional with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, and a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt – Healthcare from Villanova University.

Local Inmate Family Councils (IFC’s) are a gathering of family and friends of the incarcerated who meet regularly with Wardens to support visiting since keeping strong family connections with loved ones is a powerful rehabilitative tool. These IFC’s promote visiting by clarifying rules and regulations as well as discussing health, education, vocational training, packages, books, and related issues. For more information on connecting with a local IFC, please visit the Statewide IFC website.