What is life like for a juvenile detainee? Youth and their parents are invited to find out during a behind-the-scenes tour at Juvenile Hall on Saturday, May 21. Probation Officers will briefly treat the young people as detainees and expect them to follow orders on how to stand in line, fold their arms and walk in single file. As parents follow behind, the youth will learn about the complete lack of privacy for detainees, about the clothes they must wear, what they eat and where they sleep.
“The idea is to allow the community to get a better understanding of this part of the juvenile justice system," said Chief Probation Officer Mack Jenkins. "We hope that some kids will see the potential consequences of poor decisions and illegal behavior."
The tours begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Juvenile Hall, officially known as Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility, at 2801 Meadow Lark Drive. The tour will also include a visit to Juvenile Court. The last tour will take place at 1 p.m. No reservations are required. Visitors will also be directed to a resource fair with 50 booths hosted by Probation groups and community partners.
In the past, thousands of visitors have taken advantage of Juvenile Hall’s Open House. For more information, call (858) 694-4500.