CYA facility forced to close its doors

June 18, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA

Staff Writer

Budget cuts at the California Youth Authority have led to the imminent closing of the CYA facility in El Centro.

The leased facility at 324 Applestill Road in El Centro will close this month and be turned over to its owner, the Imperial County Probation Department.

The CYA is a 90-day residential program for men ages 18 to 25 who commit minor parole violations or have substance abuse relapses. Nine men are housed in the El Centro facility but Kevin Ide, CYA supervising parolee agent, said they will be released either today or Wednesday, once the facility is cleaned and ready to be turned over to the owner.

Ide said the department has seen a decline in referrals from courts through the state in the last couple of years, which caused the department to make cuts. He said because the facility in El Centro is not owned by CYA, it was the first to go.


He added the department will be making further budget cuts that will affect other facilities through the state.

As far as personnel in the El Centro facility, Ide said CYA has offered them jobs at facilities throughout the state.

Ide said, "Some of them want to stay in the Valley," so CYA is working with officials from Calipatria and Centinela state prisons to find the employees positions there.

"Those negotiations are still being conducted," he said.

"Any time you have budget changes it impacts peoples' lives. It's difficult, but change is part of life," he said.

"We probably won't be the only facility to go," he added.

>>Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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