About the Program
Camp Barrett is located in the rural community of Alpine, near Descanso. Camp Barrett provides a commitment option to the Juvenile Court for seriously delinquent males, ages 16.5 through 18 years old for periods ranging from 270 to 547 days.
Camp Barrett’s goal is to provide committed wards with the training and skills necessary for successful reintegration into society. To accomplish this goal, each ward is required to attend school, complete assigned camp work tasks, and complete a demanding structured program designed to address reintegration issues.
Visiting occurs every Sunday between the hours of 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM. You must arrive in camp prior to 2:30 PM in order to visit.
The visiting schedule is the same for holidays.
Following are some regulations regarding visiting at Camp Barrett:
- Only parents, grandparents, and legal guardians are permitted to visit. You must bring a photo I.D.
- Special visits must be pre-approved through the minor’s probation officer or the Camp supervisor and a special appointment made for the visit.
- Visitors may bring two 20oz sealed beverages per person. Beverages must be in plastic containers.
- Visitors may bring playing cards, however, they must take them with them when they leave.
- Once the minor has reported to the visit, the visitor cannot return to their vehicle unless they are willing to terminate their visit for the day.
- Visitors are not allowed to be "DROPPED OFF" or walk into camp. If the driver of a vehicle is not an authorized visitor; the entire visiting group must leave. No person or persons are authorized to remain in a vehicle while others are visiting.
When a minor is within one week of release, the parents are permitted to send in or bring to visiting the minors release clothing. Minors can be picked up at Camp Barrett the morning of their release or they can be transported to Juvenile Hall for pick up by the parents. An Officer will call the parents the night before his release to set up the release procedure.
If a minor is terminated from the program, the parents will be sent a letter outlining the procedure for obtaining the minors property. The Camp Barrett warehouse will keep the minors belongings for up to 90 days. Arrangements can be made to pick up the belongings at Camp Barrett or they can be sent to Juvenile Hall for pick up. An appointment must be made prior to the pick up of property at either location.
In addition to classes provided by our high school, each ward must complete Camp Barrett’s Steps to Success Phase program in addition to mandatory programs designed to increase the likelihood of successful reintegration. The program includes, but is not limited to:
Aggression Replacement Training (ART) – This program is facilitated by mental health care professionals, and is a comprehensive attempt to alter the cognitions and misperceptions of individuals prone to violence, thus reducing violent behaviors. The program contains three main components:
1. Skill-streaming: behavioral component
2. Anger control: emotion targeted component
3. Moral reasoning: the cognitive component
To complete this course, each ward attends eight classes over a four-week period.
Career Guidance – This program provides vocational training and testing, job search techniques, resume completion, and interview techniques. In addition, through an affiliation with the Work Force Partnership (through Access, Inc.), they provide a “Ready to Work” certification. All Work Force Partnership employers accept this certification for employment/re-employment purposes. The certification is based on each ward completing 21 individual components. In addition, post commitment services are provided with assignment to apprenticeship programs, employment assistance, and assisted living programs (if eligible). To complete this course, each ward attends ten classes over a five-week period.
Life Skills – This program is designed to provide wards with the necessary information concerning pro-social interactions with other members of society. Individuals learn appropriate responses to situations occurring in everyday life. In addition, the program augments ART, is taught by mental health care professionals and is based on cognitive-behavioral concepts. To complete this course, each ward attends eight classes over a four-week period.
Thinking for a Change – This is a cognitive-behavioral based program provided by sworn officers assigned to Camp Barrett. Each Camp Barrett ward is guided through a series of ten classes (using facilitation techniques). Each class focuses on providing positive alternatives to delinquent behavior. Using role-play and objective attachment, each ward is exposed to positive cognitions, which in turn help an individual “Think for a Change.”
Criminal Conduct and Substance Abuse Treatment – The program is delivered by mental health care professionals and is designed to assist individuals with histories of substance abuse combined with criminal conduct. Using cognitive-behavioral methods, the program's goal is to help replace negative behaviors with positive alternatives. Wards assigned to this course attend five classes over a ten-week period.
Regular meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and visits by Protestant and Catholic Church groups are also available to interested wards. Should someone of a different faith wish to speak to a clergyman of his own; the Department Chaplain makes every effort to arrange for such visitations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What can I do to help my child while they are at Camp?
A: Visit, write letters, and accept phone calls. Talk to your son and encourage him to listen to staff and complete the program.
Q: Who can visit my child?
A: Parents, grandparents, or legal guardians.
Q: How do I arrange a special visit?
A: You must contact your child’s Probation Officer or the Camp Supervisor. A computer check will then be conducted and clearance will be granted or denied. A special appointment will then be set up for the visit.
Q: What can I send my child?
A: Proper reading material, letters, and appropriate photos.
Q: Will my child be attending school?
A: Yes, Camp Barrett has a fully accredited high school on site. Wards have the opportunity to obtain their high school diploma or their GED. In addition, Camp Barrett is currently participating in a one of a kind literacy program – Linda- Mood Bell.
Q: What do I do if there is a family emergency?
A: Call Camp Barrett (619) 401-4900 and ask to speak to the Duty Supervisor. Please speak to the Supervisor prior to speaking with your child so that we can give your child the privacy they may need to handle the situation.
Q: How long will my child be at Juvenile Hall if he is removed from Camp Barrett for disciplinary reasons?
A: It will depend on the situation. They will remain in Juvenile Hall while the investigation is in progress. The average stay is 3-5 days. Occasionally, the ward will be terminated from the program