This prison, CSP-Solano, was chosen as one of the sites for this Youth Offender Program (YOP) for a variety of reasons. The atmosphere here is relatively mild in comparison to most California prisons. The prison also has a wealth of self-help programs and vocational programs for the youth to get into. Moreover, by bringing youth to this prison, they are brought into direct contact with the OMCP mentors.
I personally am praying for the success of this new program and believing that it will work.
On a personal note, I wish that at age 21 when I came to prison I had the chance to start off at a Level II prison like Solano. Instead I started off at the Level IV prison in Lancaster (CSP-LAC), where I wasn't protected from the jackals that greet young prisoners, or introduced to the caliber of programs that exist today. I am glad to see that the Department of Corrections is addressing areas where it fell short in the past, and is starting to get more things right.