At the time of this visit in 1995, the facility was still open, but due to a lack of funding and shifts in corrections philosophy, the last boy walked out in 2004 after a 113 year run. So today, a drive down
OAC photo - about 1895
The original concept was to truly reform the kids, and it had a reputation for excellent training in the trades and music, but along the way, a 'boot camp' model was adopted and it simply became a big house for little people.
Since closing, the place has become a favorite haunt for fans of the haunted, and who can blame them, for with ongoing investigations of bodies secretly buried and abuse, etc., there’s lots to explore. It has also become a popular location for the film industry with ‘Blow’ ‘
NO. 947 REFORM SCHOOL FOR JUVENILE OFFENDERS (
Location: Department of the Youth Authority entrance,
USGS Quadrangle Sheet Name: EL MONTE
Google maps: 33.979066,-118.049474