Majestic Ranch Academy
Majestic Ranch Academy is a behavior modification facility located on 6460 N Manhead Road, Randolph, Utah. <Ref>The facility on Flashearth</Ref>
It operates under an umbrella organization of WWASP. It is targeted at younger children than the other WWASP programs and have detainees in a age between 7 and 14.
According to an article the facility could have detained up to 60 detainees, but due to bad media exposure (deaths at other WWASP facilities) the current number of detainees is about 32 <Ref>Loophole: Teen ranch evades law,Case shines light on child programs that go unlicensed in Utah, by Kirsten Stewart, The Salt Lake Tribune, July 16, 2007</Ref>.
Some detainees arrive tricked by their families but parents are advised to use a teen escort company.
The homepage of the facility display 6 levels, which all children have to pass in order to graduate from the facility.
|Level||Point and requirements needed||Benefits / demands|
|Regular||0||detainees start out on Regular Status, detainees on this status participate in the regular schedule of activities, but must be with a staff member at all times|
|Achievement||200||detainees can purchase snacks from the School store on Fridays and Saturdays during the educational video and also on Sundays|
|Advanced||1000, completed Orientation and Discovery seminars, being approved by the staff and the detainee council, Additionally, they must be "voted up" by the Advancement Committee (consisting of detainees and staff)||Advanced status detainees have all of the Achievement status privileges; moreover they may attend two "special" on-grounds activities per month. Advanced status detainees can start calling home as arranged with their family representative. detainees will be allowed one home phone call per month.|
|Service||2400, completed focus seminar, have been approved by the staff and the detainee council, detainees can advance to Service status when they have accumulated 2,400 points and have successfully completed the Focus seminar, Service status detainees start over with 0 points and must earn 1600 points or more to move to Honor status.||Service status detainees have all the privileges of lower statuses, plus two additional "Special" on-grounds activities per month. Service status detainees may set their own schedule with the exception of wake up, meals, group, three fitness classes, first and last academic periods and shut-down times. Service status detainees also have the opportunity as well as the responsibility of participating in the Youth Leadership program. Service status detainees are required to function as a staff assistant for three days per week. Service status detainees are eligible for family day visits. detainees must always let staff know what they are doing. detainees on this status will be allowed two home phone calls per week.|
|Honor||1600, have staffed a minimum of two seminars (one of which must be a Discovery), with commendation. Honor status detainees start over with 0 points and must earn 1600 points or more to move to High Honor status.||Honor status detainees have all the privileges of lower statuses as well as the responsibility of functioning three days per week as a staff assistant. Honor status detainees have two off-grounds activities per month. Honor status detainees are eligible for overnight visits. Such detainees will be allowed three home phone calls per month.|
|High Honor||1600 points and have staffed a minimum of three seminars (one of which must be an Orientation) with a commendation. detainees may apply for Parent/Child III when they have accumulated 1200 points, but are not eligible to attend the Parent/Child III Workshop until they have received 400 points for a total of 1600 points.||High Honor status detainees have all the privileges of lower statuses as well as the responsibility of functioning three days a week as a staff assistant. High Honor status detainees have two additional off-grounds activities each month. High Honor status detainees are eligible for home visits. The detainee will be allowed four home phone calls per month.|
The rules are divided up into 5 categories of which 5 is the most severest. Runaway talk is regarded as belonging to category 3, self-inflicted injuries (The burden of proof are carried by the detainee.) are regarded as belonging to category 5.
Parents are not obligated to do anything. It is an totally outsourcing of the adolescents of the youth, but if they insist in seeing the child during the stay, they are highly recommended to attend a parents seminar, so they are emotionally prepared to reject any kind of claim of abuse from the child about the place <Ref>Seminars and Workshops, Facility homepage</Ref>.
The accreditation of the facility is not stated on the homepage. There is no useful link from the courses offered by the facility to the United States Department of Education.
Generally the detainee is offered to impose self-correction on themselves, when they break rules. By doing so, they can get their consequences (punishment) reduced.
Probation: When a detainee is on advancement to High Honor status, the staff, with the approval of the Director, may place the detainee on probation in situations where the staff feels that the detainee is not making an honest effort to maintain the standards expected for his or her particular status. Probation serves notice to the detainees that they are slipping in their progress or need to make some changes. The detainee may even lose some or all of his/her privileges until he/she is taken off probation. At this point, the staff and Director approve the detainee for reinstatement.
Loss of Status: When detainees receive a loss of status, they revert to the appropriate prior status with the minimum amount of merits for it. For example, if detainees on Honor status lose two statuses, they would revert to Advanced status with 1,000 merits, which is the minimum amount of merits for Advanced status. The lowest the detainee may be moved to is Regular status with zero merits. For example, if a detainee is on Achievement status and loses 3 statuses, the detainee would move back to Regular status with zero points.
Study hall: It means studying six, two-hour sessions of study hall with a ten-to-fifteen-minute break within every two-hour session.
Study Hall Removal: Being placed in a an intervention office until the detainee willing to participate appropriately in the study hall process
Academic Deficiency: The works of the detainee is reviewed by Teachers in account to the amount and quality of work of students' work on a daily basis. If they determine that a detainee has not completed a satisfactory amount of academic work that day, the teacher gives a warning "Pink Slip." If the detainee receives two Pink Slips in one week, the detainee receives a Category 3 - "Academic Deficiency."
Banishment to harsher treatment: If the student break certain rules the detainee can either be expelled or transferred to facilities like Tranquility Bay.
As it is the case with other WWASP facilities, there have been allegations about human rights violations of children <Ref>Correspondence between Congressman George Miller and Attorney General John Ashcroft about alleged human rights violations of children in WWASPS facilities 2003 - 2004</Ref>.
Parents have complain of use of restraint and harsh language against their child <Ref>Statements from Randall and Ana Wills through ISAC</Ref>.
In the news[redigér]
The former director was charged with child abuse. According to statement, he still works at the ranch <Ref>Youth Facility Director Still Faces Abuse Counts, Salt Lake Tribune 2002</Ref>.
The facility is also involved in a lawsuit <Ref>Documents from Turley Law Firm</Ref>
The facility was renamed to Old West Academy.
- Info: Program homepage
- Info: International survivors action committee on Majestic Ranch Academy
- Info: WWASP Info about the facility
- Info: Secret prisons for teens on Majestic Ranch academy
- Info: Isabelle Zehnder (CAICA): Majestic Ranch, Utah, blog
- Info: Majestic Ranch: A Living Nightmare for Kids, Coalition against Institionalized Child Abuse (CAICA)
- Info: Loophole in state law has allowed some in teen-help industry to go unlicensed, By Kirsten Stewart, The Salt Lake Tribune, July 16, 2007 (Reprint from Project Nospank)
- Info: Questions About Utah's Therapeutic, Mentions the facility (I speak of dreams)
- Info: Group Seeks Probe Into Boading School, By The Associated Press, KSL TV, March 6, 2005 (Reprint from Project Nospank)
- Survivor Group: Stop WWASP, facebook
- Survivor Group: Majestic Ranch, Myspace
- Survivor Group: Stop WWASP, facebook
- Forum: Anti-WWASP Horizon Academy Forum (Registration required)
- Forum: WWASP - forum on Fornits
- Forum: Majestic Ranch update, a thread on the message board of National Youth Rights Association
- Forum: Majestic Ranch in Randolph, UT, topix.com