In Balance Ranch Academy

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Current status Open
Detainees.gif Capacity 44
Checked April 23, 2011
Open.gif Opened 2004 [1]

In Balance Ranch Academy is a behavior modification program located in a remote location near Huachuca City in Arizona [2]

They are able to detain 44 teenagers in the program [1]

The target group is boys aged between 13-17,5 [1].

The program last 12 - 14 months and it was founded in 2004 [1].

Program structure

The program is level based. Priviliges are earned based on the levels the teenagers can achieve.

The program use the abusive 12 step recovery system among their treatment methods.


The mail goes through the therapist leaving no mail privacy to the teenagers at the ranch. It is an violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights [3].

Right to Phone calls to the parents can be earned by achieving a certain level in the level system [3].

Right to visits from the parents are decided by the staff [3].


The program homepage states that the program can provide accredited education but it is not state what agency they are accredited by [3].


They have exposed the teenagers to foreign cultures including a trip to South Africa known for having one of the highest crime rates in the world [4]

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Survivor groups

Message boards

  • Forum: GAO Hearing???, a thread on Fornits webforum mentioning the facility