Los Prietos Boys Camp

3900 Paradise Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

The Los Prietos Boys Camp program is located on 17 acres in the Los Padres National Forest.  The facility provides a local commitment option for delinquent males between the ages of 13 and 18.  Los Prietos offers a 120 or a 180 day program.  Wards earn their way out of the program based on their participation and behavior.

The goal of Los Prietos is to return wards to the community as responsible and productive members of society.  Discipline, respect and responsibility are the motto of the facility.  Both programs embrace a zero-gang tolerance philosophy and strive to provide pro-social training, opportunities and life experiences that help to broaden a boy's world view, as well as his attitude toward all community.  The program provides work and vocational training, counseling, drug and alcohol programming, religious and spiritual expression, and promotes volunteer and community work service.

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Visiting Information

Visiting is available for parents, step-parents, grandparents, legal guardians and siblings 10 years of age and younger.  Any unauthorized persons arriving with visitors will be directed to remain in a parked vehicle off the Los Prietos property.

Boys Camp    Sunday   10:30 pm – 12:30 pm 

Visiting Rules:

  • All visitors must be approved by a probation officer, provide a valid photo I.D. and sign in as directed.
  • All visitors are to secure in their vehicle, cellular telephones, fanny packs, purses, etc. 
  • NO food or beverages are allowed in the facility.
  • NO alcoholic beverages are allowed in the facility.
  • All packages, bags and containers are subject to inspection at the time of check-in.
  • Visiting occurs outside in a picnic area.  During inclement weather, visiting occurs in the dining hall.
  • Cameras, video recorders and cellular telephones are NOT permitted in the visiting area.  
  • There is absolutely NO SMOKING permitted anywhere on the Los Prietos property.
  • Special visits or exceptions to the visiting schedule must be approved by a facility Supervisor.
  • Any items to be given to the ward must be left with the Officer supervising visiting.  Book(s) left for wards are screened as to appropriateness by a Supervisor and become the property of the facility once the ward finishes reading the book(s).
  • Visitors may leave the following items in their original and unopened package for their son with the Officer supervising visiting:
    1. One 6 oz container of toothpaste
    2. One 2.5 oz can of boot polish

Any person who brings or sends into Juvenile Hall any weapon, explosive, alcohol or unlawful drug are subject to imprisonment up to one year in the County Jail of imprisonment in State Prison.

-Section 871.5(a) Welfare and Institutions Code

Telephone Calls

  • Upon admission, wards have the legal right to make an initial telephone call to parents or legal guardian and attorney.
  • After making their initial telephone call(s), wards are given the opportunity to call their parents or legal guardian once a week. 
  • The length of the telephone call is based on the ward's voting level for the week.
    • Gold vote:  12 minute telephone call
    • Silver vote: 8 minute telephone call
    • All others: 5 minute telephone call
  • Calls are restricted to parents or legal guardians only and any violation of this rule may result in the loss of telephone privileges.
  • Three way telephone calls will result in the loss of telephone privileges.
  • Wards are not allowed to receive calls.
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  • Wards may send and receive mail through the U.S. Postal Service only.
  • All mail will be inspected by staff for contraband, gang material, and other inappropriate content.
  • Wards will be provided two stamps and envelopes per week.
  • Additional envelopes may be provided by parent or legal guardian, but must have embossed stamps.
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Release Information

  • Graduation occurs on Thursdays at approximately 1:00 pm.
  • Parents, grandparents, legal guardians and siblings (10 years old and younger) may attend graduation. 
  • All relatives must check in at the Administration Office upon arrival at the facility prior to the graduation ceremony.
  • Wards and their parent or legal guardian must meet with the Community Transition Officer (CTO) in the Administration Office prior to leaving the facility.
  • Wards and their parent or legal guardian must check-out at the Administration Office before leaving the facility.


  • All wards are required to attend Los Robles High School while committed to Los Prietos.  If the ward is a high school graduate and under the age of 18, he will be afforded the opportunity to participate in vocational training as part of his school program.
  • 18 year old wards are not required to attend Los Robles High School and will participate in work and/or vocational training during school hours. 

Video Documentaries About Life At Los Prietos

This New Camper Orientation video is a comprehesive documentary about life at Los Prietos Boys Camp and Boys Academy.  This video is shown to all wards upon entry into a camp commitment to orient the ward to expectations and goals at Los Prietos.

Los Prietos "The Challenge To Succeed" - A seven minute video created by the video production class at Los Prietos Boys Camp and Academy.

Parent/Guardian Information

The Parent/Guardian Letter provides a more detailed look at the Los Prietos Boys Camp and Boys Academy programs, including program content, evaluation methods, and program goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What do I do if there is a family emergency? 
 A:  Contact Los Prietos at 805-692-1750 and ask to speak to a Supervisor on duty.  Please speak to the Supervisor prior to telling your son about the emergency so that we can provide your son the support and privacy he may need in order to deal with the situation.

Q:  Can anyone write my son? 
A:  Anyone can write your son except:

  • Individuals incarcerated in juvenile and adult correctional facilities
  • Individuals identified as gang members who are court-ordered not to associate with other gang members
  • Individuals who are court ordered not to associate with your son.  
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Q:  What is acceptable to send in the mail?
A:  All mail must be appropriate and not contain reference to or advocate racial hatred, gang activity, gang symbols, gang writing, pornography, drug use, violence and / or any other unacceptable and illegal behavior.  Magazines and news papers are not acceptable.
Q:  Can I send my son a family picture?
A:  Wards may keep in their locker one 4x6 picture of his parents or legal guardian and one 4x6 picture of their own child.  Pictures of girlfriends, partners, siblings, aunts, uncles, etc. are not acceptable. 

Q:  How long will my son be at juvenile hall if he is removed from Los Prietos for disciplinary reasons?
A:  It will depend on the situation.  The average stay is two weeks to one month. 

Q:  What can I do to help my son while he is at Los Prietos?
A:  Write him regularly, visit him regularly and accept his telephone calls.  Encourage him to complete his program, work hard to complete school credits, learn to respect himself and learn to respect those around him even if he disagrees with them.

Q:  What if my son runs away from Los Prietos and comes home?
A:  Contact your local law enforcement immediately or Los Prietos.  Individuals who harbor or provide aid to wards who run away from juvenile camps can be held criminally liable (272 (a) (1) PC).