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Wards moved into new juvenile hall

On 17 young faces were looks of amazement as the youths entered the new Carl F. Bryan II Juvenile Hall on Friday.

They were the first wards to be locked up there after a short trip up Highway 49 from the old facility north of Nevada City.



“There’s just kind of a general feeling of bewilderment and awe at where they’re at compared to where they were,” hall Superintendent Doug Carver said. “It went from a home-like atmosphere to a detention-facility atmosphere, and I think they were shocked at the technical aspect.”




Hall staff workers transported the wards in four trips with a single van starting at 8:30 a.m., with two deputies providing escort. A male ward was taken alone for “security needs,” said Carver, who didn’t elaborate.

The entire move went smoothly, Carver said, and the ward’s first hot meal was cooked in the hall kitchen.

The $8.2 million building will have up to 30 beds initially, compared to 19 beds at the old hall.

It has space for 60 beds, but the Board of Supervisors would have to approve staffing increases to house that many juvenile offenders, Carver said.

– Doug Mattson


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