Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile
Hall also known as Sylmar Juvenile Hall
hours are from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00
J. Nidorf "Sylmar" Juvenile
J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar is
also known as Sylmar Juvenile Hall.
Prior to being named after the County's
Chief Probation Officer Barry J. Nidorf,
it was known as the San Fernando Valley
Juvenile Hall. It is one of three juvenile
halls in the Los Angeles County. It
is located at 16350 Filbert street on
a 85,000 square foot lot. Built in 1978,
it has undergone expansion between 1994
and 1998. The average population is
700 children. Children housed at Sylmar
Juvenile Hall are often awaiting placement
to another facility such as placement,
camp or the California Youth Authority.
Rules at Sylmar Juvenile Hall
Juvenile hall only allows parents or
legal guardians to visit. Visitation
is on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00
p.m. On the day your child has court,
the Sylmar Juvenile Judge will allow
"after court" visits from
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. There is a dress code.
Visitors cannot wear sexy revealing
clothes. Women should not have their
cleavage busting out of their top. Tight
fitting clothes for women is not allowed.
No short skirts, no halter tops, low
cut tops or clothes with gang words
or signs. No sandals or slippers. Shoes
is required at all times. Visitors cannot
bring back packs, medicine, pagers,
cell phones, cigaretes, food or drinks,
purses or handbags and radios.
Visits at Sylmar Juvenile Hall
sisters and other family members may
visit if the request is approved and
arranged through your childs probation
officer or unit supervisor. They may
only visit one time.
certain grooming items are allowed at
Sylmar Juvenile Hall
(white or black)
Plastic Comb (white or black)
dressing or Gel
or hand lotion
less than 16 oz (must be in clear plastic)
soap less than 16 oz. (must be in clear
on amount of Paper & Envelopes
your child is allowed to possess at
Sylmar Juvenile Hall
child is only allowed 25 sheets of white
or yellow paper, and 10 envelopes only.
Sylmar Juvenile Hall staff will provide
a pencil and put stamps on the mail.
on number of photographs your child
is allowed to possess at Sylmar Juvenile
times, parents, family members and others
will send photographs to your child.
Your child is not allowed more than
five photos or pictures. The pictures
should not show naked women, sex, drugs,
weapons or gangs. They must be mailed
and cannot be brought during visits.
on Religious items your child is allowed
to possess at Sylmar Juvenile Hall
hard cover Bibles. Soft cover Bibles
plastic roasary. (white or black)
one small plastic cross (white or black)
use at Sylmar Juvenile Hall
Your child is entitled to reasonable
access to a telephone.
Your child is not entitled to call another
Hall, a victim or witness.
There is no right to privacy when using
the telephone except when call his or
The Sylmar Juvenile Hall staff will
allow your child to use a County line
to call his or her Deputy Probation
Officer or lawyer.
Schedule at Sylmar Juvenile Hall
a.m. Wake up
a.m. Clean up
a.m. Return from School
p.m. Lunch/Nurse's Clinic
p.m. Return from School
p.m. Nutional Snack
p.m. Reading time
p.m. Lights out
and Sunday Schedule at Sylmar Juvenile
a.m. Wake up
a.m. Breakfast, clean up
p.m. Lunch/Nurses's Clinic
pm. Reading time/viciting
p.m. Recreation/Day room
pm. Nutritional Snack
p.m Reading time
p.m. Lights out
child may not have any of the following
in his or her possession at Sylmar Juvenile
that are red, blue, purple, red or orange
that can burn
made of wood
bottles or jars
Handlng Unit (SHU) at Sylmar Juvenile
your child violates any of the Sylmar
Juvenile Hall rules, he or she may be
sent to the Special Handling Unit (SHU).
He or she can be kept in the SHU until
he or she is ready to return to his
or her unit.
at Sylmar Juvenile Hall
receiving numerous complaints by children,
lawyers, and community leaders, the
United States Attorney Generals Office
initated an investigation at all Los
Padrinos, Central and Sylmar Juvenile
Hall. A special prosecutor and a team
of experts assigned to the case visited
Sylmar Juvenile Hall in February, March
and June of 2001 and found the facility
"violated the constitutional and
federal statutory rights of the youth
use of pepper spray at Sylmar Juvenile
Department of Justice found that Juvenile
Hall staff had been using Oleoresin
Capsicum (OC) spary "excessively,"
and in situations where "such use
of force were not necessary." This
includes sparying handcuffed children,
children with asthma, pregrant girls,
suicidal children and children with
special mental health needs.
Health needs not met at Sylmar Juvenile
is estimated that approximately 50%
of the 700 children at Sylmar Juvenile
Hall have mental health issues. However,
the majority of those who have such
issues no not get any mental health
care. Approximately 75% or 262 children
receive no such help at Sylmar Juvenile
Sylmar Juvenile Hall is not a safe place for your child
In 2018, Three Sylmar Juvenile Hall Probation Officers charged with felonies for reportedly beating children.
The incident concerns an attack against a 17 year old child who was non combative. The LA County DA has filed a criminal complaint pending in court.
Sylmar Juvenile Hall responsible for beating of child that made him paraplegic for life. County pays out 3.9 million settlement in 2017.
In September 2017, the LA County Board of Supervisors approved a $3.9 million dollar settlement to a child that was nearly killed while detained at Sylmar Juvenile Hall. The child was reportedly facing sex charges and the probation officers reportedly disclosed that to other minors that led to the child being attacked. As a result of the attack the child has severe brain damage and is barely learning to speak again. He needs 24 hour care to take a bath, go the bathroom, get dressed and eat.
Gang members at Sylmar Juvenile Hall attack child, slammed his head into concrete floor that made him paraplegic for life. County pays out 7 million settlement in 2009.
There was only one probation officer on duty in the recreation room where the attack occurred and there were 35 minors. The probation officer reportedly failed to stop the attack according to that lawsuit. This child is now confined to a wheelchair the rest of his life as a result of becoming a paraplegic.
Pepper spraying of kids by staff at Sylmar Juvenile Hall is on the increase.
Pepper spraying increased from 2015 to 2017 by 338 percent at Central Juvenile Hall, 214 percent at Los Padrinos, and 192 percent at Sylmar Juvenile Hall. This is according to information the LA County probation provided to the LA county Board of Supervisors. California is only one of five states that authorize pepper spraying of kids in juvenile halls. 45 other states have found it improper.
Barry J. Nidorf School at Sylmar Juvenile Hall
Children are required to receive their education even while in custody. Children who attend school while in Sylmar Juvenile Hall are evaluated in reading, mathematics, and English Learning thru computer testing. Children are required to attench school for the required 300 minutes per day to comply with state and county education requirments.
Barry J. Nidorf School Administration and Teaching Staff at Sylmar Juvenile Hall:
Gloria Newell, Principal
Lanney Mayer, Assistant Principal
Haywood Stokes, Assistant Principal
Rosalinda Dejabakhsh, Assistant Principal
Betty Ellison, Senior School Clerk
Barbara Huntington, School Adminstrative Secretary
Shirley Hysaw, Senior School Clerk
Roxanne Lee, School Counselor
Gerald (Jerry) Perttula, School Senior Program Specialist
Good Grams from School Teachers at Sylmar Juvenile Hall
If your child is demonstrating good citizenship, his or her teacher will give your child a "Good Behavior Gram." Most teachers require that the child (1) Stay on task, (2) stay seated, (3) show respect to staff and other students and (4) enter the room quietly. If your child is getting a lot of Good Grams, these certificates should be mentioned to the Sylmar Juvenile Court.
Juvenile Court System Parent Workshop
Know your childs Rights!
Sponsored by the City of Glendale Youth & Family Services
Thursday, March 4, 2010
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Pacific Community Center
501 South Pacific Avenue
Glendale, CA 91204
(Snacks & Refreshments, supervised children's Play area will be provided by the City of Glendale. Reserve your seat by calling City of Glendale, Marco Tejadilla at (818) 548-2798 for workshop only)
IF YOUR CHILD IS IN CUSTODY AT SYLMAR JUVENILE HALL CALL
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