The San Diego County
Probation Department will welcome young people and their families for a
behind-the-scenes tour of juvenile hall Saturday, May 18.
officers lead the tour, highlighting the importance of good decisions and the
consequences of illegal behavior. Visitors will follow the path of youth
admitted into juvenile hall, beginning in a juvenile courtroom, where a judge
orders the youth detained, and on to the hall’s booking area and living
quarters. Students will see the simple uniforms, showers and locked rooms that
become part of daily life in custody. At times, probation officers will tell
young visitors to walk single file with their arms crossed, in the controlled
style of detainees.
The public will not see youth residing at the
Juvenile Hall Open House is always eye opening, and young
people and families come for different reasons. For some, it’s a fascinating
look into an otherwise closed public institution. For others, it’s a chance to
ponder choices and consequences. After the tour, young people generally say
they’re resolved to never return as a resident. Kearny Mesa’s juvenile hall
houses pre-teenagers, teens and young adults who have committed a range of
offenses. Some have vandalized or stolen property. Others have been arrested for
drug or alcohol-related violations. Some have inexorably changed their lives and
the lives of victims through serious, violent acts.
The Open House
includes booths hosted by Probation groups and community partners with resources
to steer young people towards positive pastimes and behaviors.
are free and there is no age restriction. Parents can use their judgment about
bringing very young children. (This County News Center video shows what to
Minors not accompanied by parents are welcome if they are on good behavior. The
tours begin at 9 a.m. at the Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility, 2801
Meadow Lark Drive. The last tour will take place at 1 p.m. No backpacks, purses
or cameras are allowed. For more information, call 858-694-4500.