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Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall

Visiting Procedures

Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall is located in Downey, California. It is one of three juvenile detention centers operated by the Los Angeles County Probation Department that temporarily house minors ranging in age from 8 to 18 who have pending court cases. On average, Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall houses approximately 330 to 400 minors at any given time.

Generally, only parents, legal guardians and grandparents are permitted to visit minors at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall. However, a judge handling a minor's case may allow sisters, brothers and other family members to visit a minor at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall upon request. The judge presiding over a minor's case may also allow a visitor in place of a minor's parent. Such requests should be made through the minor's probation officer or unit supervisor.

Attorneys may visit a minor at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall at any time, but it is recommended that they visit minors between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Members of the clergy who wish to visit a minor at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall must obtain an order from a judge authorizing such visits.

After adjudication of the minor's case by the Judge, minors housed at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall will either be released to their parents, placed in foster care, sent to a Los Angeles County juvenile camp or to CYA (The California Youth Authority is often referred to as a state prison for minors since it houses a large number of violent offenders). To reach Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, call 562-940-8681.

Visiting Hours

If you are a permitted visitor, you may visit a minor at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall on Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may stay the entire visiting period if you like. You may also visit a minor at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall on the day that a minor appears in court. You may be allowed to visit from the time the minor returns from court up to 7:00 p.m; or between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. To find out more about special court day visits, contact Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall at 562-940-8681.


7285 East Quill Drive, Downey, California, 90242. Free parking is available near site.


As a general rule, minors charged with crimes in California have no right to bail. Minors who have been arrested by the police are either released to the custody of their parents or they remain locked up in the juvenile detention center until they see a judge at their first court appearance, known as the arraignment. After their arraignment, the minor remains locked up for the duration of the case unless the judge is willing to release the minor to his or her parents in which case the minor may spend a month or more in confinement pending the final resolution of the case.

Booking Information

Unless you are a parent or guardian of a minor being detained at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, you will not be able to obtain information regarding a minor being held at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall.

Visitors' Restrictions

In order to visit a minor at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, a visitor must follow a strict dress code. Among other things, visitors to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall may not wear colors affiliated with gangs, clothes containing the names of sports teams, thigh-high dresses or skirts or sexually revealing clothes. Tattoos may not be exhibited. If you are a visitor with tattoos that cannot be covered up, contact Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall before you visit so that an isolated visiting location can be arranged for you if necessary. Pens, cell phones, purses and items too numerous to mention may not be brought into the visiting areas. To ensure that you will be permitted to visit with the minor you are seeking to visit, officers at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall suggest that visitors wear long pants and bring in no more than two keys on a key ring and a photo ID. Only visitors with a valid photo ID will be allowed to visit minors at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Valid California Identification Card
  • Valid Driver's License (any state)
  • U.S. Military Identification Card
  • Valid Passport/Visa
  • Alien Registration Card
  • Mexican Consulate Card
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Valid School Identification Card or Birth Certificate (if visitor is a minor who is 12 or over)
  • Other Valid U.S. Government Identification Card.

Telephone Access & Mail

While minors are not permitted to receive incoming telephone calls at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, they are permitted to make telephone calls. By mail, minors at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall may receive soft cover books, letters and cards (no larger than 5x7). Minors may be sent photos. The number of photos allowed may vary. Photos may not contain gang related images, violent or sexual content.

You may send mail addressed as follows to a minor at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall:

[Minor's Name & Date of Birth]
[Include Unit Number if you know it]
7285 East Quill Drive
Downey, California, 90242

Personal Property

Except for cell phones and things of that nature, a minor's personal property may not be picked up by his parent or guardian until he has been sentenced. If you are a parent or guardian who wishes to pick up a minor's property, you must present a valid California photo ID or a photo ID from an acceptable source. To obtain the release of a minor's vehicle, contact the arresting agency who will provide you with the name of the towing company that you will need to contact to learn if the vehicle has been impounded or not. If you need to obtain a car key that was in the minor's possession at the time of arrest, contact Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall at 562-940-8681.

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