Magazine article Corrections Forum

San Francisco Uses Small, Intensive Rehab for Troubled Youths

Magazine article Corrections Forum

San Francisco Uses Small, Intensive Rehab for Troubled Youths

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San Francisco Chronicle

Log Cabin Ranch, a 640-acre property in the woods, is home to 24 of San Francisco's most troubled youths. There are no fences, no locks and, no handcuffs, although it is a criminal lockup. In some ways, the ranch seems like summer camp. The young men who call it home go to school together, work, garden, and eat together - and undergo intensive group counseling together. Some are allowed to go home on weekends; this year, four young men actually chose to stay on longer than the courts mandated in order to finish their high school diplomas. The ranch is what many advocates for youth hope the future of juvenile corrections will look like in California.

While none of the youths here has committed murder, they all have a "significant delinquent history," says Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Bill Sifferman, and some have convictions for such violent crimes as assault or robbery. …

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