Kearny Mesa, California - Do your kids think Juvenile Hall is where all the cool kids end up? Well, tell them to cross their arms in front of their chest with their hands under their armpits, line up against the wall and listen up: being incarcerated is no vacation.
The San Diego County Probation Department is again offering children and parents a tour through Juvenile Hall and court. This year’s annual open house will take place Saturday, Sept. 20. The experience can serve as a reality check on the consequences of delinquency.
The free tours through the juvenile justice system start in a courtroom and then proceed through the court tunnel to the living quarters where youth spend their days and nights. The public is welcome, and youth groups, parents and children are encouraged to attend. Tours start at 9 a.m. and continue through 1 p.m. at the Juvenile Detention Facility, 2801 Meadow Lark Drive in Kearny Mesa.
Juvenile Hall houses pre-teenagers, teens and young adults who have committed a range of offenses from vandalism and theft to drug and alcohol violations to serious violent acts. The public will not see any of the youth being held at Juvenile Hall during the tour, but they will get a glimpse of what life is like for those being held there.
Probation Department groups and community partners will also host a resource and informational booth fair outside Juvenile Hall to help steer youth toward positive life choices.