Life in an OYA Correctional Facility

What to Look Forward Too

Living in an OYA youth correctional facility is not fun. Following are things you could look forward to:

  • 5 to 10 minute telephone calls, usually one time per week. Calls must be approved and staff dial numbers.
  • Getting up every morning at 6:00 a.m.
  • If approved, visits by your family once a week.
  • In most cases, sleeping in same room with 24 other youth offenders.
  • Lights out at 9:00 for most people.
  • Limited Privacy.
  • Little television. Someone chooses what you watch.
  • Lots of chores.
  • Movements in lines to and from school. Talking is not permitted in lines.
  • No telephone calls to friends.
  • No visits by friends
  • Someone always watching you.

As you can see, life is very strict. And, you cannot leave.