PRESTON YOUTH CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
REASON FOR REVIEW
Penal Code Section 919(b) requires the Grand Jury to inquire into
the conditions and management of all public prisons within the
Preston Youth Correctional Facility is a California Youth
Authority facility housing youthful offenders. Ward population
in the facility varies between 725 and 775.
The 1999-2000 Amador County Grand Jury visited the facility.
While conducting this visit informal interviews were conducted.
Preston Youth Correctional Facility is an all-male facility.
- Age range of the wards is 14-24 (mean age, 17 years, 8
- The facility has a fully accredited high school.
- The facility has had an ongoing problem with their
embedded or underground communications system. This system, due
to its age, frequently fails at various locations. These failures
interrupt telephone, personal alarm and fire alarm systems. The
present system is not of adequate size to allow upgrades for
- In 1999, the facility added numerous additional
surveillance cameras to the perimeter of the facility.
No management problems were observed. All staff members appear
to be conscientious in the performance of their duties. These
staff members provide security and counseling to the wards.
- The embedded or underground communications system is so
old that it is no longer reliable. Whenever the system goes
down, it presents the potential of safety concerns for staff as
well as wards since telephone communications, personal alarm
communications and the fire alarm communications can be disrupted.
It is recommended that a new embedded communications system be
installed, to include both fiber optics and a copper voice cable.
- The fiber-optics system should be used for computer
networking systems, and the copper voice cable should be used for
sound, personnel alarm, telephone and fire alarm systems.
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