Penal Code Section 919(b) mandates that the Grand Jury annually review all prisons and jails within the County.
The Grand Jury made two visits to the Preston Youth
Correctional Facility: the first on
October 11, 2000 with a limited follow-up tour on January 16, 2001.
During the first tour the Grand Jury met with most of the management
staff of the facility. During the meeting a briefing of the operations of Preston
was described. Preston houses male
offenders, mostly between 16 and 18 years old, and had a ward population of
about 756 at the time of the Grand Jury's first visit.
The Preston annual budget is approximately $36 million, or
about $47,619 annually per ward. A
portion of that budget may include expenses shared with other Youth Authority
facilities or with the California Department of Forestry.
Emphasis within the California Youth Authority is on
education with about 60% of the wards participating in academic programs and 40%
in vocational/technical classes, including some college-level correspondence
courses. There is one teacher on
staff for each 15 wards. The Grand
Jury had the opportunity of attending a Student Council meeting during its first
During the Grand Jury's visits, all facets of Preston were toured including separate dorms for dysfunctional wards, specifically, those wards who have committed more-serious crimes, high-profile cases and those who need intense counseling. The Special Management Program (high-security facility), cafeteria, medical/mental facilities, chapel, gymnasium, vocational shops, and the canteen were reviewed. Also toured was the Ponderosa Fire Camp, which is an area where exemplary wards are prepared and trained to be transferred to Youth Authority/Department of Forestry fire-fighting facilities at Pine Grove, Washington Ridge, Ben Lomond, Ventura, or Mt. Bullion.
Members of the Grand Jury interviewed staff, reviewed
documents, and visited Preston twice.
Preston plot plan/building legend
James A. Wieden
High School Student Council Agenda
James A. Wieden
High School Student Council Minutes
Department of Youth Authority 1999-2000 Population
Preston Youth Correctional Facility Staff chart
Preston Youth Correctional Facility State/Management
Preston Youth Correctional Facility Business Services
Preston Youth Correctional Facility Security Section
2001 Sunday PM Chapel Services/Confrontation (2nd
Classroom Training (Fire) Schedule
Field Training (Fire) Schedule (Overview, Requirements,
3-Day Schedule, Evaluation Sheet)
Preston Fire Training Center Ward Training Records Check
Preston School of Industry - Ward Rights/Grievance
Procedure, Ward Menu Calendar (01/29/01 through 02/04/01)
Various Schedule of Assignments or Posts - Part B -
Detail by Assignment or Post
1. The intramural sports program which allowed wards from different dorms to interact has been eliminated due to budgetary limitations.