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Welfare and Institutions Code - WIC

DIVISION 2.5. YOUTHS [1700 - 2250]

  ( Division 2.5 added by Stats. 1941, Ch. 937. )

CHAPTER 1. The Youth Authority [1700 - 1915]

  ( Heading of Chapter 1 amended by Stats. 1943, Ch. 690. )

ARTICLE 8. Work Furloughs [1830 - 1835]
  ( Article 8 added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1070. )


The Director of the Youth Authority may participate in a local work furlough program established pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 1208 of the Penal Code, or conduct or discontinue a work furlough rehabilitation program, in accordance with the provisions of this article, for appropriate classes of wards at one or more Youth Authority institutions. He or she may designate any officer or employee of the department to be the Youth Authority work furlough administrator and may assign personnel to assist the administrator.

(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 4, Sec. 48. Effective April 8, 2003. Operative January 1, 2004, by Sec. 52 of Ch. 4.)


When a person is committed to a facility under the jurisdiction of the Youth Authority, the Youth Authority work furlough administrator may, if he concludes that such person is a fit subject therefor, direct that such person be permitted to continue in his regular employment, if that is compatible with the requirements of Section 1833, or may authorize the person to secure employment for himself in the county, unless the court at the time of commitment has ordered that such person not be granted work furloughs.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1070.)


If the Youth Authority work furlough administrator so directs that the ward be permitted to continue in his regular employment, the administrator shall arrange for a continuation of such employment so far as possible without interruption. If the ward does not have regular employment, and the administrator has authorized the ward to secure employment for himself, the ward may do so, and the administrator may assist him in doing so. Any employment so secured must be suitable for the ward. Such employment must be at a wage at least as high as the prevailing wage for similar work in the area where the work is performed and in accordance with the prevailing working conditions in such area. In no event may any such employment be permitted where there is a labor dispute in the establishment in which the ward is, or is to be, employed.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1070.)


Whenever the ward is not employed and between the hours or periods of employment, he shall be confined in a detention facility unless the court or administrator directs otherwise.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1070.)


The earnings of the ward shall be collected by the Youth Authority work furlough administrator, and it shall be the duty of the ward’s employer to transmit such wages to the administrator at the latter’s request. Earnings levied upon pursuant to writ of execution or in other lawful manner shall not be transmitted to the administrator. If the administrator has requested transmittal of earnings prior to levy, such request shall have priority. When an employer transmits such earnings to the administrator pursuant to this section he shall have no liability to the ward for such earnings. From such earnings the administrator shall pay the ward’s board and personal expenses, both inside and outside the detention facility, and shall deduct so much of the costs of administration of this article as is allocable to such ward. If sufficient funds are available after making the foregoing payments, the administrator may, with the consent of the ward, pay, in whole or in part, the preexisting debts of the ward. Any balance shall be retained until the ward’s discharge and thereupon shall be paid to him.

(Amended by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1516.)


In the event the ward violates the conditions laid down for his conduct, custody, or employment, the Youth Authority work furlough administrator may order termination of work furloughs for such minor.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1070.)

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