The Yuba-Sutter Juvenile Hall provides juvenile
detention services to the communities of Yuba and Sutter Counties. The
facility has operated since 1976 under a Joint Powers Agreement between
the two counties. Yuba County Probation is the administrative agency
responsible for the management and daily operation of the facility. The
Juvenile Hall is a 60 bed, 24-hour secure detention facility providing
detention services for Yuba, Sutter and Colusa Counties. The facility is
located at 1023 14th Street, in Marysville. The Juvenile Hall is a
temporary holding facility for youth who are pending disposition before
the Juvenile Court. Although a small number of youth are serving court
ordered commitments, the majority of the youth detained in the facility
are pending Juvenile Court proceedings.
The Juvenile Correctional Officers, medical and mental
health staff, school teachers, and other facility support staff make
every effort to address the social, behavioral, psychological, and
emotional needs of the detained minors. Their shared goal is to provide
services that will assist the youth in successfully reintegrating back
into the community.
MAXINE SINGER YOUTH GUIDANCE CENTER:
The Maxine Singer Youth Guidance Center, "Camp
Singer", is a 60 bed facility which was opened in 2001 as a joint effort
between the Yuba and Sutter County Probation Departments. It was
developed as an alternative to out of home placements and extended
Juvenile Hall stays. Camp Singer provides a safe environment featuring
open dormitory housing. Our custodial staff provides a safe and
culturally sensitive environment where youth receive the attention and
support they need to address issues while achieving their goals.
Camp Singer is a 365 day court commitment program, for
youth ages 14 and older, wherein the last phase is spent on a family
furlough. Youth have the ability to graduate from the program up to six
(6) months earlier if their behavior and individual progress warrant an
early release. The primary objectives of Camp Singer are to focus on
community protection and redirection of maladaptive behavior. Camp
Singer’s philosophy is to assist each youth in developing a sense of
achievement and responsibility through exposure to a wide variety of
experiences and programming. These experiences will give them the tools
to be productive members of our communities. This is accomplished
through intense behavior programs, education, vocational training,
athletics, community involvement and counseling. These components
address the major deficiencies most commonly seen in the youthful
offender. Camp Singer focuses on providing a highly-structured and
disciplined environment which will help curb the youth’s delinquent
behavior. Camp Singer is currently facilitated by a Joint Powers
Agreement with Yuba, Sutter and Colusa Counties.
The fixed structure of Camp Singer revolves around the
behavior modification program which applies to all youth in the
facility. Youth earn daily points based on observed positive and
negative behaviors. This point based system is designed to promote
positive behaviors while reducing negative behaviors. Throughout the
program, there are incentives for positive behaviors and promoting
through the program. These incentives include family visits in which up
to five (5), Deputy Probation Officer, approved family members can visit
and bring food and Temporary Releases where youth have the ability to
leave the facility with their families for a specific period of time.
There are a myriad of programs available to youth at
Camp Singer. Prior to and after acceptance into Camp Singer, each youth
will be assessed to determine which programs would best address the
criminogenic and behavioral needs. These programs include, but are not
Aggression Replacement Therapy (ART)
Substance Abuse Counseling with a Certified Drug and Alcohol
Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT)
Behavioral/Mental Health Therapy
Physical Fitness Training
Each youth is required to participate daily in school.
The educational needs are provided by the Yuba County Office of
Education. Harry P. Carden School is accredited by the Western
Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The educational program
consists of; math, reading, science, history, literature and vocational
technology. Curriculum and support is provided by full time teachers and
para-educators. Individual Education Plans (IEP’S) are initiated and
followed during a Camp Singer commitment. Staff realizes many of the
youth who are committed to Camp Singer are severely credit deficient. As
such, Camp Singer has a requirement the youth earn high school credits
(where applicable) in order to promote through the program.
COMMUNITY SERVICE/FIELD TRIPS
Youth are required to participate in regular community
service opportunities. These hours may count towards community service
hours as directed by the Court. These opportunities are supervised and
facilitated by Camp Singer staff. Through community service, youth will
gain the knowledge on how to be positive members of their communities.
Youth are also required to participate in field trips as arranged by
Camp Singer staff. It is the hope these community services and field
trip opportunities provide the youth with ideas, contacts and
experiences which they can continue to utilize once they have graduated
from Camp Singer.
Youth who enter the program spend a significant amount
of time addressing their maladaptive behaviors. However, a key component
to their success is the involvement of the parents/guardians and family.
Camp Singer promotes familial involvement in the youth’s program and the
CDAC facilitates a weekly Parent Support Group designed for parents
whose children use drugs and alcohol. Additionally, Camp Singer provides
the opportunity for visiting one hour per day, five days per week.
Parents are encouraged to schedule visits ahead of time to ensure there
is adequate space for visiting. Camp Singer encourages at least weekly
contact with the youth’s Deputy Probation Officer to track the youth’s
progress, provide support as needed and facilitate a strong and viable
transition plan. An integral part to the youth’s success relies heavily
on the involvement of the family and the Deputy Probation Officer.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.