Sorenson's Ranch School

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Sorenson's Ranch School was founded by Burnell and Carrol Sorenson as a summer camp in 1959 and became a year-round behavior modification facility in 1982.

When it was a summer camp the name was Koos Kamp [7].

It is located on 410 North 100 East, Koosharem, Utah 84744.

It has room for 85 detainees.


Survivors complain about the use of long time being forced to sit and look at a wall - sometimes for days. Others address the lack of treatment of injuries and illnesses in general. Last and not least they complain about being forced to participate in the local church community regardless of their belief [2].

In the news

In 2002 the Ranch won a suit against the State Department of Human Services. The son of the founders had received a conviction for two felonies in California before starting to work for the facility, which normally would prevent such a person from working with children, but the Ranch appealed and won in the local court [3].

Former survivors have been isolated to deal with their own torment after the facility filed a lawsuit against Myspace [4].

In October 2007 two of the detained teenagers ran away from the facility. They were later arrested in a stolen car, which could result in a stay in a juvenile facility, where their living standards will increase [5].