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Ventura Youth Correctional Facility Released From Health Care List

Will Continue as a Juvenile Rehabilitation Facility

Sacramento — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today announced that the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility is no longer being considered for a possible medical facility for adult inmates. The facility will continue to be used for the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.

After months of considering many potential sites, the federal court-appointed health care receiver and CDCR announced recently that facilities to provide mental health and medical care to upwards of 2,800 inmates would be constructed in Stockton, San Joaquin County.

“The Ventura Youth Correctional Facility is playing an increasingly important role in providing treatment to youthful offenders in Southern California,” said Bernard Warner, Chief Deputy Secretary for Juvenile Justice. “It is our only facility that provides treatment for females. As we shift our population resulting from closures in the next few months, we will be moving more male offenders to Ventura so that they can remain close to their families who live in the region.”

Currently, 78 females are provided a high school education and treatment services in Ventura. In the last year, approximately 136 males have also been moved to Ventura.

With the closure of the facility in Chino expected by March 2010, approximately 148 additional males will be housed in Ventura where they will receive treatment services in addition to a high school educational curriculum.

Approximately 1,600 youthful offenders are housed in six Division of Juvenile Justice facilities and two fire camps. They represent less than one percent of all juvenile arrests in the state.