Juvenile Hall serves as an institutional setting that temporarily houses youth for primarily two reasons: prior to their court dates and/or after their adjudication, pending transitional placement/services. Los Angeles County Probation operates two juvenile halls: Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar and Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles.
CENTRAL JUVENILE HALL
1605 Eastlake Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
BARRY J. NIDORF JUVENILE HALL
16350 Filbert St.
Sylmar, CA 91342
Family visitation a vital component of the rehabilitation process and is strongly encouraged by the Probation Department. Through this process youth are provided an opportunity to engage in private and confidential conversations under the supervision of Juvenile Hall Staff. Once a youth arrives in Juvenile Hall they will be requested to provide a list of relatives including mother, father, legal guardians and grandparents. During the orientation process each youth is informed of the facility’s visitation schedules, rules and procedures, and is provided a Rules and Rights Handbook, that also stipulates visitation rules and procedures. Visits are conducted on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. The visitation rules are as follows:
- Approved visits are limited to parents, legal guardians or persons standing in loco parentis, grandparents and children of youth. A legal guardian must bring verification to the facility to be approved.
- Youth’s minister, priest, rabbi, or other authorized religious chaplain may visit with authorization from appropriate religious facility coordinator.
- Visits by persons other than those listed above are considered Special Visits, and require prior permission, that may be obtained via a court, DPO, or facility management.
- All visitors must be 21 yrs. of age, unless authorized by a court order, which would then be classified as a special visit and would require permission as listed above.
- Visitors must bring a valid approved form of Identification to be cleared to enter facility and are not permitted to bring any items other than 2 keys on a single key ring and their identification.
- Once verified all visitors are subject to search.
- Visitors are not permitted to bring personal items to youth.
- All visitors are to be appropriately dressed and must wear closed toe shoes.
IDC is responsible for screening youth for admittance into Juvenile Hall in accordance with established procedures and legal requirements for detention.
Upon arrival at Juvenile Hall, the Admissions Intake officer shall notify IDC who will then come and interview the law enforcement agency that is bringing the youth in. IDC officer will assess and determine if the youth will be detained, released on house arrest, or released with a citation. The IDC officer will conduct an interview with the youth and contact the youths’ parent/legal guardian to inform their youth is at Juvenile Hall. If youth is detained, the parent(s) is informed on visiting hours and future court appearance(s).
After receiving the detaining authorization from IDC, but before taking the youth into the holding area, the juvenile hall staff will do a preliminary interview with the youth. Youth will be asked if they have any injuries that the department should be aware of. The youth will then be brought into the holding area where they will be Live Scanned, if this has not already been done by the detaining agency. The youth is then offered the opportunity to shower, proper juvenile hall attire is provided, and their personal clothes and property will be accounted for and secured in the juvenile hall property room. After showering, the youth will then be thoroughly interviewed for any potential medical, physical, or psychological issues that might need to be addressed. The youth is then moved to the Medical Unit where they will be assessed by medical staff as to their readiness to be admitted into juvenile hall. After being cleared by medical staff, the youth is sent to the receiving unit. The youth will then receive orientation to the facility and have a mental health screening.