California Youth Authority (Division of Juvenile Justice)

Now called the Division of Juvenile Justice, the California Youth Authority was established in 1943.  Its purpose was to provide rehabilitative sanctuary for children who have committed serious criminal activities. These children are admitted into one of CYA's 5 correctional facilities and 2 conservation camps as part of the juvenile rehabilitation procedure mandated by the court.

Typically, the youth who are detained at these correctional facilities range from ages 12 - 25 years old. The main goal of CYA is to educate and train the minors while in detention so that they can be reintegrated back into the society with a sense of accountability for what they have done.  Vocational training courses provided to the minors are accredited by the California Department of Education in part with Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Below is the list of facilities under the command of California Youth Authority:

  • Southern Youth Correctional Reception Center and Clinic (Norwalk)
  • Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (Camarillo)
  • Preston Youth Correctional Facility (Ione)
  • N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility (Stockton)
  • O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility (Stockton)
  • Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp (Pine Grove)
  • S. Carraway Public Service and Fire Center (Camarillo)
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For more information, please visit our related articles: Juvenile Criminal Defense in California, Transfer Hearings in California, Constitutional Rights of Minors, Probation in California Juvenile Court Cases, The Juvenile Court Process in California, Sealing Your California Juvenile Records, and Juvenile Crimes that Count as Strikes under California's Three Strikes Law.

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