Located in Camarillo, CA, the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYCF) (not to be confused with the Ventura Juvenile Hall) is one of three juvenile detention sites run by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). The state’s juvenile hall facilities are specifically for youthful offenders who have a record of serious/violent crime and/or who require intensive intervention programs in a maximum-security environment.
The CDCR Ventura Facility handles a male and female population, and is the only State-run facility to which female DJJ wards are transferred. The age range is generally 12 to 23, with a maximum age of 25.
The detention center is about six miles north of central Camarillo, and the address and phone number are:
3100 Wright Rd.
Camarillo, CA 93010
Family members of young offenders currently incarcerated at the Ventura Youth Corrections Facility may benefit from more information pertaining to this detention center. Below, our team of California juvenile criminal defense lawyers address these important topics:
- 1. Intake and Assessment
- 2. Communication with Inmates
- 3. Visitation Policies
- 4. Life at VYCF
- 5. Legal Defense Help
1. Intake – What’s Next?
Initial intake at this facility involves interviews and testing to assess medical/educational status and mental health needs. After the assessment screening is complete, an assignment is made for low, moderate, or high-core living units and programming.
Detained minors will have an adjudication hearing (or “trial”) within 15 business days of their arrest, or, if the charges are very serious, may be transferred to adult court. Depending upon the crime, sentenced juveniles committed to VYCF may be transferred to adult prison when they turn 18.
If your loved one has been assigned to incarceration in the DJJ Ventura Juvenile Hall, he orshe will have an indeterminate length of stay.Release back into the community (or to another type of residential program) is determined by the Juvenile Parole Board.
2. Phone and Mail Contact
Residents of the Camarillo Juvenile Hall cannot take incoming personal phone calls. You can call and leave a message with staff, who will forward it to your child’s parole agent/case worker.
All incoming youth are allowed to make at least two free calls within the first hour. Thereafter, they can make a minimum of one outgoing personal call a week to family members and other approved adults. Additional phone opportunities are earned as the resident progresses through behavioral achievement levels.
In most cases, resident personal calls are made collect, although indigent youth can request a weekly free call. For international calls, family is instructed to set up a pre-pay phone account through Global tel.net, which provides for purchase of prepaid phone cards for inmates. (Call (866) 607-6006 for customer service help.)
Anyone can send mail to inmates at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility. Each teen/youth is provided with two monthly stamps to use for outgoing, personal mail, and more can be earned through the level system.
Incoming envelopes should contain your full name and return address and should be addressed to the resident at his/her specific facility living unit. Material that is gang related or contains sexual or profane content will not be accepted.
3. Visiting VYCF Residents
Visiting hours at the CDCR Ventura Juvenile Hall are Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Residents who have achieved the highest, “A” level status can receive visitors on both days, but others are limited to one day a week. It is necessary to call the facility each Friday to determine your loved one’s visitation availability for the weekend.
To visit, you must first ensure your name is on the youth’s visitor list. Visitors can be any family member or adult who would not pose a threat to safety/security, but each must be pre-approved by the treatment team. A maximum of five visitors, including children, can visit at one time.
Rules for visitors at this facility include:
- Bring valid government-issued photo identification for visitation. Minors at middle school level and up need to bring their student ID or other photo ID.
- Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (and proof of guardianship is required.)
For more information about visitation at this facility, including dress code, call (805) 485-7951.
4. Life and Health in Detention
The DJJ Ventura Youth Detention Facility provides medical, dental, vision, and mental health services for residents. In case of a serious health condition, transport is provided to the local hospital. Prescription medication is provided and dispensed, and special dietary needs can be accommodated.
VYCF residents are grouped together in housing units with individual rooms. For housing assignments, consideration is given to gender, age, risk of violence and treatment needs.
Food, hygiene and limited entertainment items are available for purchase through the “canteen.” Friends and families can contribute funds to their child’s trust account for these purchases by sending in a money order to the facility. (No cash or personal checks are accepted.)
All residents are required to attend school full time, either to obtain a high school diploma or G.E.D., or to pursue college or vocational classes. Many Camarillo Juvenile Hall residents will have paid jobs at the facility, and may earn wages to pay restitution fines. Programs at the VYCF include substance abuse treatment, specialized counseling, an “intensive treatment program,” mental health units, and religious services.
In compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), the DJJ states a commitment to zero tolerance for sexual violence, staff sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in the Ventura Youth Corrections Facility. Instructions for reporting of allegations are provided online.
5. Criminal Defense Help
If your son or daughter is in custody at the State Juvenile Hall in Ventura County, a consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney is in order. Our juvenile defense lawyers can often make a significant difference in case outcomes for minors/young adults accused of serious crimes. Our team, including former state juvenile prosecutors and police officers, have expertise to help you navigate the California juvenile justice system. To obtain a free consultation today, please call our 24-hour line: 877-631-3652 or contact us online.