Jubilee Youth Ranch

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Current status Open
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Checked July 9, 2011
Open.gif Opened 1995

Jubilee Youth Ranch is marketed as a Christian Boarding School. It uses behavior modification methods. It is located near Prescott in the state of Washington [1]

The program takes between 12 and 18 months [2]

The targetgroup is male only aged between 13 and 18.

Program structure

The program builts on strict rules combined with the punishment of being sent to run up a hill.

Living standards

The youth live in dorms. There are normally 2 teenagers per room.


There are weekly calls to the parents. However they are monitored. There are also monthly visits to the ranch. Whether both phonecalls and visits are to be earned remains unclear. Home visits can take place as early as after 7 months, however the youth has to surrender to the program first.


Inspired a the movie from 1965 with Sean Connery in the lead role the youth at the facility have to run up a hill when they have done anything wrong. In a MTV show one boy had to run up the hill 35 times. Like in the movie the method holds the potential for a tragedy as the youth at the facility don't seem to be monitored by medical staff during their punishment and unseen health issues could result in injury or death among the youth.

In the media

The program was featured in the MTV show "True Life - I'm being sent away by my parents" where 14 year old Kyle successfully fought the program and gained his freedom [3]. However due to his experience with the negative peer group at the ranch the learned behaviors caused his problems to increase and he ended up in state custody.

External links

Info pages

Info: Homepage of the program

Community groups

Message boards