Juvenile HallThe Wellington M. Smith, Jr. Juvenile Hall is located in Salinas, California. It has a California State Board of Community Corrections maximum capacity of 114 beds.
The Wellington M. Smith, Jr. Juvenile Hall is a short-term detention facility for juveniles awaiting adjudication of their cases. This facility houses youth who are charged with new criminal acts and/or probation violations. While in custody they are under constant supervision of the facility’s juvenile institutions officers. The youth in custody generally fall into these categories:
- Youth pending further investigation immediately after admission.
- Youth detained pending further court proceedings.
- Youth awaiting court-ordered placement.
The Wellington M. Smith, Jr. Juvenile Hall’s address is 1420 Natividad Road Salinas, California 93906. The phone number is 831-755-3981. Juvenile Hall staff will not provide information about juveniles in custody over the telephone.
Visiting occurs every Saturday (9:00 AM – 11 AM) for last names beginning with A-L and all female youth. Visiting for last names beginning with M-Z occurs every Sunday (9:00 AM – 11 AM).
Holiday visiting hours remains the same except for Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day, which follows the Sunday schedule for all youth in custody.
Some regulations regarding visiting are the following:
- Only parents, grandparents, and legal guardians are permitted to visit. You must bring a valid photo I.D.
- Special visits must be pre-approved through the Juvenile Hall
- Probation Services Manager, Probation Division Director, or the Court.
- When entering the Juvenile Hall you may only bring in your I.D. and keys. If you have money for canteen it must be in a clear plastic bag.
- During regular visiting hours you may bring stamps, magazines or paperback books for your child, please write their first and last name on it with a permanent marker (No Red or Blue ink). The youth are allowed to keep up to (5) books or magazines. Please note that the books or magazines become the property of the Wellington M. Smith, Jr. Juvenile Hall after your child leaves the facility.
Release InformationWhen the youth is ordered to be released, the probation officer or juvenile institutions supervisor will notify the parent or guardian with the date and time of release. Minors are to be picked up at the juvenile hall lobby. The release procedure can take up to an hour. If the minor is being released to the Monterey County Probation Department Youth Center, their personal clothing will be transferred to the facility. The minor’s belongings will be held at Juvenile Hall for 90 days; an appointment must be made prior to the pick up of the property. The phone number to call to make an appointment is 831-755-3977. If no one answers, please leave a message, providing your first and last name, date of birth and a phone number to contact you.
Real Choice’sThe program director is a retired Parole Officer. The group is based of former inmates that have turned their lives around and provide the youth with information on what will happen if they continue their life of crime. It is conducted the third Thursday of each month.
Religious ServicesChurch services are offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings. Should a youth of a different faith, wish to speak to a clergyman of his own; the clergyman would have to provide proper documentation before entering the facility.
AlateenThis program helps the youth better understand the affects of alcoholism within the family.
Teen PregnancyCuidate is a small-group, culturally based intervention to reduce HIV sexual risk among Latino youth. The intervention consists of sixty (60) minutes modules delivered to small, mixed-gender groups.
Victim ImpactThis program offers youth a look at how crimes affect people. What victims of a crime go through day by day after being victimized. .
Movie night is an incentive program earned by wards who obtain above average weekly points.
Art and Craft Program
The Arts and Craft program is to help inspire creativity and encourage imagination among the youth in custody. Some of the youth participated in a mural project located in the A-unit inner-court wall.
The Monterey County Office of Education provides the youth with the education component. Youth detained at the Juvenile Hall are required to attend school Monday through Friday. The youth can earn credit towards receiving their high school diploma or earn their G.E.D. The youth eligible for taking the G.E.D. test are allowed, to take the test while in the facility.