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Juvenile Halls and Camps
Los Angeles County Probation Department

Among its many duties, the Los Angeles County Probation Department provides secure detention for delinquent minors in juvenile halls and control and rehabilitation programs in camps. Juvenile halls and camps provide confinement to minors ranging in age from 8 to 18 who await adjudication and disposition of legal matters. Camps provide treatment, care, custody, and training for the rehabilitation of delinquent minors as wards of the Juvenile Court for an average period of 20 weeks.

Juvenile Halls

Juvenile Hall visiting hours are Saturdays 1pm - 3pm, Sundays 1pm - 4pm.

Facility Location
Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall 16350 Filbert St, Sylmar 91342; (818) 364-2011
Central Juvenile Hall 1605 Eastlake Ave, Los Angeles 90033; (323) 226-8611
Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall 7285 Quill Dr, Downey 90242; (562) 940-8631


Camp visiting hours are Sundays 1pm - 4pm. In some cases, special visiting can be arranged with minor's case worker. Some facilities (see asterisk) do not have visitation hours on holidays.

Facility Location
Camp Afflerbaugh 6631 N Stephens Ranch Rd, La Verne 91750; (909) 593-4937
Camp Vernon Kilpatrick* 427 S Encinal Canyon Rd, Malibu 90265; (818) 889-1353
Camp Joseph Paige* 6601 N Stephens Ranch Rd, La Verne 91750; (909) 593-4921
Camp Glenn Rockey* 1900 N Sycamore Canyon Rd, San Dimas 91773; (909) 599-2391
Camp Joseph Scott 28700 N Bouquet Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita 91390; (661) 296-8500
Camp Ronald McNair 5300 W Avenue "I", Lancaster 93536; (661) 940-4146
Camp Ellison Onizuka 5300 W Avenue "I", Lancaster 93536; (661) 940-4144
Camp Francis J. Scobee 5300 W Avenue "I", Lancaster 93536; (661) 940-4011
Dorothy Kirby Center 1500 S McDonnell Ave, Commerce 90022; (323) 981-4301

* No visiting hours on holidays

Source: Los Angeles County Probation Department

Besides the three juvenile halls, the Los Angeles County Probation Department oversees nine youth camps. Approximately 1,000 minors are housed at these facilities (about 300 at the camps). The average length of time spent in a camp is 23.8 weeks. The average age at a camp is 15.7 years. Ethnic percentages at the camps are approximately 56% Hispanic, 29% African American and the remaining 15% of various other ethnicities. Before being placed in the appropriate camp, minors are housed at one of three Juvenile Halls (see paragraph below). In addition, the Dorothy Kirby Center provides treatment for emotionally disturbed youths.

Approximately 700 Los Angeles County juvenile defendants are held in custody at one of three Juvenile Halls (Central, Los Padrinos and San Fernando Valley/Barry J. Nidorf) awaiting court action or transfer to another facility. Deputy Probation Officers are responsible for the custody and transport of minor defendants. The Sheriff's Department receives custody of those minors determined to be "unfit" for Juvenile Court and ordered housed at County Jail by the court. Not all "unfit" minors, however, are housed at County Jail.

Central Juvenile Hall (Eastlake) was the first permanent county juvenile detention facility in Los Angeles County. It opened in 1912. The second juvenile hall did not open until 45 years later when Los Padrinos opened in 1957.