I have to be alone in unit 11 because I’m 19 now. The only one in this whole wing. I’m waiting to get sentenced for armed robbery, but I’ll be in Santa Rita soon. My teacher Coach Brown comes for 6 and a half hours a day. I would rather not live here, I’d rather just live my life.
– J.P., age 18
Alameda County Juvenile Detention Center was built at a cost of $135 million dollars and opened in 2007. It has a capacity of 360 kids and is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certified. J.P. is housed in a separate wing from the other inmates because adults are not allowed to be housed with the minor population.