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April 30, 1985 | KENNETH F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writer
VisionQuest, the controversial outdoor rehabilitation program for juvenile offenders, would be authorized to operate in California under a bill approved Monday by the Assembly Committee on Public Safety. The state Department of Social Services in March denied the Arizona-based program a license to start camps in San Diego County and three other California areas.
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December 1, 1991 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's daybreak. The covered wagons are visible through a shroud of fog, but the morning's tranquility is deceptive. Overnight there has been trouble: Runaways. "It's the jitters," says VisionQuest staff member Tim O'Sullivan. His wagon train has taken 45 convicted teen-age felons on a bumpy, dusty trip over 2,400 miles and eight Western states. Nerves are, indeed, frazzled. It's a hard life, 10 months on the road.
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NEWS
December 1, 1991 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since its founding in 1973, there has been heated debate about the methods and merits of VisionQuest, a privately run, publicly funded rehabilitation program for juvenile felons. The program has been attacked for being profit-making. Its effectiveness in straightening out thieves, arsonists and killers has been questioned. And it has been condemned for using physical confrontation methods to handle its charges.
NEWS
December 1, 1991 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since its founding in 1973, there has been heated debate about the methods and merits of VisionQuest, a privately run, publicly funded rehabilitation program for juvenile felons. The program has been attacked for being profit-making. Its effectiveness in straightening out thieves, arsonists and killers has been questioned. And it has been condemned for using physical confrontation methods to handle its charges.
NEWS
December 1, 1991 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's daybreak. The covered wagons are visible through a shroud of fog, but the morning's tranquility is deceptive. Overnight there has been trouble: Runaways. "It's the jitters," says VisionQuest staff member Tim O'Sullivan. His wagon train has taken 45 convicted teen-age felons on a bumpy, dusty trip over 2,400 miles and eight Western states. Nerves are, indeed, frazzled. It's a hard life, 10 months on the road.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 1985 | John M. Wilson \f7
Actress Linda Fiorentino achieved "celebrity" when she disappeared during a Warner Bros. publicity tour for "VisionQuest" last February. Then she was "unavailable" for interviews on Universal's "Gotcha" when it was released last spring. She's finally surfaced. She'll be plugging "VisionQuest" this week with the foreign press, now that the movie's being released abroad. She'll do phone interviews from Los Angeles. She won't be plugging Martin Scorsese's current "After Hours." Said a Warner Bros.
NEWS
February 24, 1987 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, Times Staff Writer
VisionQuest, a controversial Arizona-based private juvenile delinquency reform program, is close to obtaining a license to operate its wilderness camps in California. After years of give and take and several weeks of intense negotiation, VisionQuest and state officials are near agreement to allow VisionQuest to open shop in California, on condition that program leaders not use physical confrontation techniques with troubled youths.
NEWS
June 4, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A youth enrolled in a VisionQuest program featuring a wagon train that traveled from Arizona to California has drowned while trying to escape, authorities said. John Vincent Garrison, 18, of Stockton, drowned in the Grant Line Canal north of Tracy, a San Joaquin County sheriff's spokesman said. Garrison and two other youths were attempting to swim the canal to escape authorities when he went under.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 1987
In the article on Elisabeth Shue ("Hot Faces," by Craig Modderno, July 22), the actress stated that she refuses to "do nudity on camera or a 'Porky's' type film to become a star." Shue must have forgotten her second feature film, last year's briefly seen British thriller, "Link," in which she appears in a brief nude scene standing completely disrobed before a chimpanzee. It's incredible how Shue emphasized her high career morals and standards when she's guilty of starring in a low-grade junky film with nudity that all her new-found "Adventures in Babysitting" fans can rush out and rent on video.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1985
I am writing this letter to express my shock, astonishment, concern and deep dismay regarding allegations of abuse being brought against the VisionQuest Juvenile delinquency program component located in Silver City, N.M. I am a very strong supporter of the methods of treatment employed by VisionQuest in addressing my daughter's delinquent problems: alcohol and drug abuse, stealing, aggressive behavior and habitual running away. Janet had been placed, under the direction of the Probation Department, in various programs, all of which were dismal failures.
NEWS
June 4, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A youth enrolled in a VisionQuest program featuring a wagon train that traveled from Arizona to California has drowned while trying to escape, authorities said. John Vincent Garrison, 18, of Stockton, drowned in the Grant Line Canal north of Tracy, a San Joaquin County sheriff's spokesman said. Garrison and two other youths were attempting to swim the canal to escape authorities when he went under.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1989 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, Times Staff Writer
About 83% of San Diego County juvenile delinquents sentenced to the VisionQuest wilderness camp have been arrested again since their release from the Arizona-based private reform program, a new state report says. County probation officials said they were "not surprised" by the findings, which they said were similar to those in earlier reviews of VisionQuest and publicly operated probation and prison programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 1988 | LESLIE WOLF, Times Staff Writer
A Juvenile Court judge on Monday ordered a 14-year-old boy to spend at least a year in the VisionQuest program as his sentence for dropping a chunk of concrete off a freeway overpass and critically injuring a motorist. Judge Sheridan Reed sentenced the youth to the "wilderness experience" program as an alternative to placing him in the custody of the California Youth Authority, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert O. Amador.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 1987
In the article on Elisabeth Shue ("Hot Faces," by Craig Modderno, July 22), the actress stated that she refuses to "do nudity on camera or a 'Porky's' type film to become a star." Shue must have forgotten her second feature film, last year's briefly seen British thriller, "Link," in which she appears in a brief nude scene standing completely disrobed before a chimpanzee. It's incredible how Shue emphasized her high career morals and standards when she's guilty of starring in a low-grade junky film with nudity that all her new-found "Adventures in Babysitting" fans can rush out and rent on video.
NEWS
February 24, 1987 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, Times Staff Writer
VisionQuest, a controversial Arizona-based private juvenile delinquency reform program, is close to obtaining a license to operate its wilderness camps in California. After years of give and take and several weeks of intense negotiation, VisionQuest and state officials are near agreement to allow VisionQuest to open shop in California, on condition that program leaders not use physical confrontation techniques with troubled youths.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1987 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, Times Staff Writer
VisionQuest, the controversial private reform program that handles dozens of San Diego County's juvenile delinquents at an Arizona facility, is close to obtaining a license to operate its wilderness camps in California. After years of give-and-take and several weeks of intense negotiations, VisionQuest and state officials are nearing a unique agreement to allow the program to open shop in California for the first time, both sides said in interviews last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1985 | NANCY HEFFERNAN, Times Staff Writer
The Assembly approved a measure Wednesday that would allow the controversial VisionQuest program to set up wilderness camps in California. Delinquent youths could be sent to the camps for an "outdoor living experience" as a condition of probation. The bill, by Assemblyman Larry Stirling (R-San Diego), passed on a 56-13 vote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1985 | SCOTT HARRIS and DAVID FREED, Times Staff Writers
VisionQuest, the controversial Arizona-based juvenile reform program known for its wagon train treks and confrontational rehabilitation methods, has been denied a license to operate in California by the state Department of Social Services, it was learned Friday. John Hagerty, the department's deputy director for community care facilities, said concerns for the safety of juveniles in the non-traditional reform program contributed to the decision to turn down a license application.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 1985 | DANIEL M. WEINTRAUB, Times Staff Writer
With the informal blessing of the Board of Supervisors, San Diego County's juvenile courts have reestablished their relationship with the controversial youth program VisionQuest. The program uses cross-country wagon train treks and other challenging outdoor activities to rehabilitate delinquents who don't respond to other forms of detention. Juvenile Court Administrator Michael Roddy said Tuesday that referrals to VisionQuest would begin immediately.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 1985 | John M. Wilson \f7
Actress Linda Fiorentino achieved "celebrity" when she disappeared during a Warner Bros. publicity tour for "VisionQuest" last February. Then she was "unavailable" for interviews on Universal's "Gotcha" when it was released last spring. She's finally surfaced. She'll be plugging "VisionQuest" this week with the foreign press, now that the movie's being released abroad. She'll do phone interviews from Los Angeles. She won't be plugging Martin Scorsese's current "After Hours." Said a Warner Bros.
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