Camp Challenger: Giving structure to felony offenders

Full story: Long Beach Press-Telegram

In a remote patch of high desert, about 60 miles northeast of Los Angeles, is Challenger Memorial Youth Center, the largest of the Los Angeles County Probation Department's juvenile camps.
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brandon cortese

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Nov 12, 2008
 
i went to challenger 2 times i have been in camp mcnair scobee resnik and onazuka it was the worst time of my life but i got a job in the shu and it was better
Brian monterroso

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Jan 9, 2009
 
to who it may concern I was at camp resnik and smith it was a all right but man can the staff be mean like punk @#$ rogers callai and last but not least the devil myers i think they need to be on the nurses list couse they need a chill pill.
Brian monterroso

Bell, CA

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Jan 9, 2009
 
please fire MYERS..... just messing with you....fire ROGERS
lisa

Palmdale, CA

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Jan 29, 2009
 
i love your guys service..
keep those kids doing good!
ronnie salone

Seattle, WA

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Apr 23, 2009
 
i just got out of there and now im doing good my name is ronnie
ronnie salone

Seattle, WA

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Apr 23, 2009
 
mr pena and mr ed stevens r the best teachers there at challenger for camp resnik i bet mr myers is still on the kids hard
sara

Studio City, CA

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Jul 12, 2009
 
are kids allowed to call out to there family while in challenger
JuanitaBonita818

Santa Monica, CA

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Sep 15, 2009
 
hey every one this camp is really good..
i have my lil brother in here,
well keep up the good work...

love
Juanita
jenn

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Oct 3, 2009
 
is it easy to do good in camp challenger smith??
SELA

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Oct 10, 2009
 
hey i was there back in oct 2006 in camp smith home of the HRO,it was always popping in there fights every single day,staff be spraying with pepper spray and damn everyone would be choking in the dorm,i was laundry and i always came up on the brand new socks,underwears and shirts,Everyone else would get the regular NUT STAINED SHIRTS AND SOCKS
jenn

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Oct 11, 2009
 
choking??whats that?
jenn

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Oct 11, 2009
 
can minors see there babys in smith?
jenn

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Oct 11, 2009
 
Brian monterroso wrote:
to who it may concern I was at camp resnik and smith it was a all right but man can the staff be mean like punk @#$ rogers callai and last but not least the devil myers i think they need to be on the nurses list couse they need a chill pill.
is it easy to do good in smith?do they let you see youre kid if you have one??are some staff cool?can they keep you after 18?
fitzpatrick

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Jan 6, 2010
 
i was in camp mcnair and i hate it teres nothing good about it and the staff are over paid for doing nothing they let you fight and they let people steal other inmates stuff and callai jhemenes and hernandes would always let us fight so fuck camp challenger and the sppace craft to

Since: Jan 10

Tunkhannock, PA

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Jan 13, 2010
 
LISA, if you never was there then of cours you would say that..but for some us that was there its not all that great but hey we put our selfs there so me personaly im not bitching..but its wasent that good of a place..
Farid Hocini

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Jan 29, 2010
 
i was sent to cmyc when i was 16 years old i am now 24. and i have to tell you that it was one of the best things that happened to me in my life. the food was bad certin staff was bad and some good i am now the owner of my own very successful business. i was in camp smith. it is called a vap camp Violence alternative program. i was charged with 10 counts of battery and 1 count of assault with a deadly weapon. i was realy bad but it did change me
DAMON

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Feb 18, 2010
 
lisa wrote:
i love your guys service..
keep those kids doing good!
YOU ARE BRILLIANT

“Just Brew It !!!”

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Feb 18, 2010
 

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Brian monterroso wrote:
to who it may concern I was at camp resnik and smith it was a all right but man can the staff be mean like punk @#$ rogers callai and last but not least the devil myers i think they need to be on the nurses list couse they need a chill pill.
May be we just get tired of dealing with you little pricks all the time. If you don't like it stay out of jail and go band to Mexico.

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Feb 19, 2010
 

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joshua markley wrote:
LISA, if you never was there then of cours you would say that..but for some us that was there its not all that great but hey we put our selfs there so me personaly im not bitching..but its wasent that good of a place..
It's not the holiday Inn and should not be that good of place.

You are one of the few that understand that you put yourself here, And that's a good start not to be coming back.
stevo

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Feb 19, 2010
 
I also went to Camp Smith, the program right before they send you to CYA.
Sucks for me is, they jailed me when i was innocent, because of my lack of respect for authority and cursing out the judge.
Well i must say Camp smith is an okay place.
They do well when the staff do try.
Their program is run decently when i saw it.
I rose through the ranks in the job system within 2 months and became R.L. Than X.O.
It was not a good time for me especially since they convicted me of a crime which i would never have anything to do with.
I hope Camp Smith is still being run with integrity and respect they used to have.
My Probation officer was Ms.Bolland i still remember her for her love and support.

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