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Jim Arnold, Chief Probation Officer

215 5th. St., Marysville, CA 95901

(530)749-7550  Fax: (530)749-7364


The Yuba-Sutter Juvenile Hall provides juvenile detention services to the communities of Yuba and Sutter Counties. The facility has operated since 1976 under a Joint Powers Agreement between the two counties. Yuba County Probation is the administrative agency responsible for the management and daily operation of the facility. The Juvenile Hall is a 60 bed, 24-hour secure detention facility providing detention services for Yuba, Sutter and Colusa Counties. The facility is located at 1023 14th Street, in Marysville. The Juvenile Hall is a temporary holding facility for youth who are pending disposition before the Juvenile Court. Although a small number of youth are serving court ordered commitments, the majority of the youth detained in the facility are pending Juvenile Court proceedings.

The Juvenile Correctional Officers, medical and mental health staff, school teachers, and other facility support staff make every effort to address the social, behavioral, psychological, and emotional needs of the detained minors. Their shared goal is to provide services that will assist the youth in successfully reintegrating back into the community.


The Maxine Singer Youth Guidance Center, "Camp Singer", is a 60 bed facility which was opened in 2001 as a joint effort between the Yuba and Sutter County Probation Departments. It was developed as an alternative to out of home placements and extended Juvenile Hall stays. Camp Singer provides a safe environment featuring open dormitory housing. Our custodial staff provides a safe and culturally sensitive environment where youth receive the attention and support they need to address issues while achieving their goals.


Camp Singer is a 365 day court commitment program, for youth ages 14 and older, wherein the last phase is spent on a family furlough. Youth have the ability to graduate from the program up to six (6) months earlier if their behavior and individual progress warrant an early release. The primary objectives of Camp Singer are to focus on community protection and redirection of maladaptive behavior. Camp Singer’s philosophy is to assist each youth in developing a sense of achievement and responsibility through exposure to a wide variety of experiences and programming. These experiences will give them the tools to be productive members of our communities. This is accomplished through intense behavior programs, education, vocational training, athletics, community involvement and counseling. These components address the major deficiencies most commonly seen in the youthful offender. Camp Singer focuses on providing a highly-structured and disciplined environment which will help curb the youth’s delinquent behavior. Camp Singer is currently facilitated by a Joint Powers Agreement with Yuba, Sutter and Colusa Counties.



The fixed structure of Camp Singer revolves around the behavior modification program which applies to all youth in the facility. Youth earn daily points based on observed positive and negative behaviors. This point based system is designed to promote positive behaviors while reducing negative behaviors. Throughout the program, there are incentives for positive behaviors and promoting through the program. These incentives include family visits in which up to five (5), Deputy Probation Officer, approved family members can visit and bring food and Temporary Releases where youth have the ability to leave the facility with their families for a specific period of time.



There are a myriad of programs available to youth at Camp Singer. Prior to and after acceptance into Camp Singer, each youth will be assessed to determine which programs would best address the criminogenic and behavioral needs. These programs include, but are not limited to:


Aggression Replacement Therapy (ART)

Substance Abuse Counseling with a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor (CDAC)

Narcotics/Alcoholics Anonymous

Moral Recognition Therapy (MRT)

Behavioral/Mental Health Therapy

Victim Awareness/Empathy

Grief/Loss Support

Gang Intervention

Physical Fitness Training

Tattoo Removal

Employment Preparedness



Each youth is required to participate daily in school. The educational needs are provided by the Yuba County Office of Education. Harry P. Carden School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The educational program consists of; math, reading, science, history, literature and vocational technology. Curriculum and support is provided by full time teachers and para-educators. Individual Education Plans (IEP’S) are initiated and followed during a Camp Singer commitment. Staff realizes many of the youth who are committed to Camp Singer are severely credit deficient. As such, Camp Singer has a requirement the youth earn high school credits (where applicable) in order to promote through the program.



Youth are required to participate in regular community service opportunities. These hours may count towards community service hours as directed by the Court. These opportunities are supervised and facilitated by Camp Singer staff. Through community service, youth will gain the knowledge on how to be positive members of their communities. Youth are also required to participate in field trips as arranged by Camp Singer staff. It is the hope these community services and field trip opportunities provide the youth with ideas, contacts and experiences which they can continue to utilize once they have graduated from Camp Singer.



Youth who enter the program spend a significant amount of time addressing their maladaptive behaviors. However, a key component to their success is the involvement of the parents/guardians and family. Camp Singer promotes familial involvement in the youth’s program and the CDAC facilitates a weekly Parent Support Group designed for parents whose children use drugs and alcohol. Additionally, Camp Singer provides the opportunity for visiting one hour per day, five days per week. Parents are encouraged to schedule visits ahead of time to ensure there is adequate space for visiting. Camp Singer encourages at least weekly contact with the youth’s Deputy Probation Officer to track the youth’s progress, provide support as needed and facilitate a strong and viable transition plan. An integral part to the youth’s success relies heavily on the involvement of the family and the Deputy Probation Officer.


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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Probation • 215 5th. St., Marysville, CA 95901 • (530) 749-7550 • Fax: (530) 749-7364


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