By CDCR’s Office of Public and Employee Communications staff
N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility (NACYCF) officials are investigating a staff assault that sent a youth correctional counselor to the hospital.
At approximately 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, a youth offender in a dayroom at NACYCF was informed by a Youth Correctional Counselor (YCC) that his program time was ending, and instructed to return to his room. Without warning or provocation, the youth approached another YCC sitting at a desk in the dayroom and struck him with a closed hand fist in the back of the head/neck area. The YCC fell from his chair to the floor, hitting his head. The youth offender immediately lay prone on the ground and was placed in mechanical restraints.
An Emergency Response Team (ERT) from NACYCF arrived to assess the YCC. The ERT called an outside medical unit which transported the staff member to a local hospital. He was released from the hospital several hours later.
N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility opened in 1991. The Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) facility houses male youth offenders 18 to 23 years of age in living units comprised of individual rooms. The facility has an intensive treatment program, a specialized counseling program, a sex offender program, and a residential substance abuse treatment program. Population is approximately 225. Less than one percent of all juvenile offenders in California are incarcerated at the four DJJ facilities: N.A. Chadjerian Youth Correctional Facility and O.H. Close YCF in Stockton, Ventura YCF, and Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp in Amador County.