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Juvenile Operations

The Juvenile Operations Bureau provides oversight and direction of Juvenile Hall and two juvenile camp/ranch facilities - Youth Guidance Center (YGC) and Youth Leadership Academy (YLA). Additionally, this bureau provides services through two distinct operational divisions: Juvenile Field Supervision and Juvenile Court Services. Juvenile Hall, YGC, and YLA operate 24-hours-per-day, 7- days-per-week and must meet stringent guidelines established by the California Board of State and Community Corrections. Primary responsibilities include: providing a safe environment for the youthful offenders in custody, ensuring sufficient well-trained staff are available, developing and providing a broad range of treatment and rehabilitative programs to meet the youths' needs, adhering to all laws/regulations/licensing requirements for correctional facilities, and overseeing correctional facility maintenance and development.

Juvenile Facilities

Visiting Guide
Guía Para Visitas

Juvenile Hall
331 The City Drive,
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 935-6660
Catholic Chaplain: (714) 282-4265
Protestant Chaplain: (714) 935-6365

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Visiting hours: Please call (714) 935-6660 for the current visiting schedule.

Youth Guidance Center
3030 N. Hesperian Way
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 836-2700

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A.S.E.R.T. Drug Treatment Program, S.T.E.P./Girls Drug Treatment Program, R.O.P. Vocational & Job Placement Program, Volunteers in Probation Program.

Visiting hours: Saturdays, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Youth Leadership Academy
3155 W. Justice Center Way
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 935-7099

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Visiting hours: Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Juvenile Court Services

The Juvenile Court Services division provides a number of essential functions. This division provides intake screening services for all youth referred by law enforcement agencies for alleged violations of the law, conducts preliminary investigations to determine if further referrals to the District Attorney and Court are necessary, provides Juvenile Court Officers to the Juvenile Court, conducts investigations for the Juvenile Court, administers Truancy Court and Drug Court, and monitors diversion and administrative cases. 

The Probation Department further promotes a collaborative approach to addressing the complex issues of crime and delinquency through partnerships with federal, state, local, and community-based agencies. To that end, by creating an environment of trust and advocacy, and one where the Probation Department leverages all available resources in an effort to envelop youth with support, we work in partnership to enhance the likelihood of success.

Preventing youth from entering the juvenile justice system has a meaningful impact on their long-term success. In response, the Probation Department has been actively engaged in diverting youth from the system and toward receiving support at home and through community-based organizations.