The Department of the Youth Authority shall select three counties, one in the northern, one in the central, and one in the southern part of the state, from those counties that have responded to the department's request for proposals. In selecting the counties, preference shall be given to those programs for juvenile offenders that conduct combined custodial and educational activities on a 24-hour basis within a military boot camp environment, or nonresidential military boot camp style school programs operated by the probation officer and whose county office of education or probation officer proposal specifies that the educational activities and the job training activities are to be provided at a cost not to exceed the statewide average per pupil that the state appropriates for programs identified as juvenile court schools.
(Amended by Stats. 1995, Ch. 72, Sec. 2.)