Charlie Company is a halfway house for Vietnam War veterans located on a farm north of Ventura, California, roughly 40 miles from Los Angeles. The facility is operated by retired Colonel Gordon Scales. It houses 24 resident inmates at a time, thirty to forty per year, all veterans of Vietnam combat. There is a staff of three including Scales. The inmates work in vegetable fields and have religious instruction. It has a recidivism rate of 11%. Inmates are referred from state and federal parole agencies, and Scales has final say on who is accepted into the program.

Billy Meadows spent ten months with Charlie Company after being paroled from Terminal Island in 1988. Other residents of Charlie Company included Art Franklin and Gene Delgado.


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