Juvenile Ranch Facility

Jvu Ranch Facility

About the Program

The Juvenile Ranch Facility is a behavioral and drug/alcohol rehabilitative facility serving male youths between the ages of 13 and 18. The programs offered are designed to meet the individual needs of the wards committed by the Juvenile Court.

The facility is comprised of two camps: Rancho Del Campo and Rancho Del Rayo.  

Rancho Del Campo is a structured behavioral program designed for mainstream wards, ages 13 and 18 years of age. The dorm facilitates a number of programs which include the Breaking Cycles 56 day program, the Breaking Cycles Short Term Offender Program (STOP- 21 days.), Short Term Commits (STC), and the relapse program. The program is specifically designed to address behavioral issues.  

Rancho Del Rayo (Rayo 1 and Rayo 2 dorms) serves a specific rehabilitative function and offers specific drug/alcohol and behavioral treatment using the Phoenix House Therapeutic Community model. This program addresses issues such as substance abuse, anger management, education, and promotes a positive peer culture. Program length at Rancho Del Rayo is 84 days.   

In addition, all wards committed to the Juvenile Ranch Facility attend school full time. An on-site state-certified high school operates five days a week, working to fill each ward’s educational needs. Tutoring is available for GED and remedial work. The credits earned while in school are transferable.

Visiting Information

Visiting occurs every Sunday between the hours of 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. The last visitors will be allowed in at 2:30 PM. In addition to the Sunday visiting hours, the following holidays will also conduct visiting: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. The same hours for visiting will take place on the specified holidays.

Juvenile Ranch Facility regulations regarding visitors:

  • Visitors can not be dropped off: all visitors must park their vehicle in the appropriate parking area – no drop offs will be allowed. For those disabled visitors, driving arrangements will be made in advance of the visit and approved by the JRF Duty Supervisor.
  • Visitors may only carry keys and their ID card when they enter JRF.  Visitors are not allowed to bring food or candy of any type into JRF. Two un-opened, twelve-ounce cans of soda or clear juice (orange, apple or grape) per visitor are allowed (no glass containers, no energy drinks, no milk products, no vegetable products, coffee drinks or alcoholic beverages).
  • No medicines, preparations or ointments can be accepted unless pre-approved by the JRF Medical Clinic and brought to the Duty Supervisor.
  • No purses, handbags, briefcases or packages are allowed in JRF.
  • Ink pens, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, matches, chewing gum, personal care items or other contraband are not allowed.
  • Cell phones, beepers, pagers, palm pilots, computers, cameras, battery operated games, or any other electronic equipment are not allowed in JRF.
  • Visitors are not allowed to give money to wards.
  • Visitors are allowed to bring one, age appropriate paperback book marked with the ward's name and dorm (one book per ward, per visit). These items become the property of JRF when they enter the dorm. Board games and cards are only allowed during visiting and may not be taken back to the dorm. Books and board games are subject to search.
  • Visitors with small children must make arrangements for childcare before entering JRF. Unattended small children are not permitted on JRF grounds. Other unauthorized visitors are also not permitted on the grounds of JRF.
  • Welfare & Institutions Code section 871.5 prohibits any person from bringing in any kind of weapon (regardless of size), drugs, tear gas or alcohol to JRF. Violations of this code could result in arrest and incarceration in the County Jail or in the State Prison and/or termination of all visitation privileges.
  • Once a visitor has entered the visiting area, he/she will not be allowed to return to their vehicle until their visit has concluded.

Release Information

Each dorm is responsible for contacting the parents as to the minor’s upcoming release and the procedure that will take place.



Rancho Del Campo Program
The Campo dorm is a structured behavioral program designed for mainstream wards, ages 13 and 18 years of age. The dorm facilitates a number of programs which include the Breaking Cycles 56 day program, the Breaking Cycles Short Term Offender Program (STOP- 21 to 40 days.), Short Term Commits (STC) and the relapse program.

All wards entering the Campo program are orientated within a 24-hour period following their arrival. The Senior Probation Officer will tend to this function in an effort to facilitate the transition from Juvenile Hall Programming to Campo programming. The orientation process consists of a discussion period in which JRF policies and Campo program rules are explained and clarified. In addition, wards are assigned counselors, and given school and program expectations. Dorm staff provide all mandatory program components, these components include but are not limited to:

  • Character Counts, “Pillars of Character”
  • Aggression Replacement Training (ART)
  • Literacy
  • Full-time attendance at the Rancho del Campo High School

Rancho Del Rayo Theraputic Commuity Program
The Rayo Dorms are an 84-day program for 13 and 18 year-old males. This dorm is designated as a substance abuse treatment dorm based on the Phoenix House “Therapeutic Community” program. The Therapeutic Community is a structured therapeutic setting, inclusive of daily activities. Interactions of its members are designed to promote personal and positive change and growth. The goal of the Therapeutic Community is to define what is right and what is wrong. By doing this, the wards will have an opportunity to acquire a new set of values and ethics necessary for recovery. The wards are required to complete the following programs:

  • 12 weekly substance abuse counseling sessions
  • Anger Management sessions provided by Forensic staff
  • Eighty-Four (84) days of satisfactory behavior grades
  • Full-time attendance at the Rancho del Campo High School
  • Phoenix House Therapeutic Community programming
  • Re-Entry Access Counseling
  • Individual counseling
  • Literacy
  • MITE Counseling