Division of Juvenile Justice, Rehabilitation

Bus program connects Pine Grove youth with family

Fire camp inmates and family members pose for a photo with the forest as their backdrop.
The Bus Program helped 11 families visit their loved ones incarcerated at Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp.

Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp held its first successful Bus Program on Dec. 14. One of the driving forces behind the effort is Fidel Carrillo, a Chaplain with Northern California Youth Correctional Center in Stockton.

“We are proud to share that we were able to assist 11 families from Southern California by providing transportation and overnight housing to spend the weekend with their kids,” said Pine Grove officials. “Here at camp we strongly encourage bridging the gap and family reunification helping to build a strong support system for our youth during their incarceration.

“A huge thank you to Deacon Fidel Carriillo, Parole Agent Sandra Magdaleno, volunteers, Pine Grove staff, various non-profit charities, N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility Foster Grandparent Program and youth fundraisers for assisting us in making this a success,” they said.

This is part of a larger effort to unite families with their incarcerated youth offenders. Learn more about the program from a previously published story.