Kern Valley State Prison staff parents take kids to work for the day

DELANO, Calif. - Today is take your child to work day and Kern Valley State Prison was no exception. Children of prison staff tagged along with their parents to work as kids learned what their parents do in a maximum security prison.

There is no place for children, but it is where these kids' parents work: Kern Valley State Prison.'

"It's a really cool experience to see pretty much everything your dad or mom does every day," said Haley Arlitz.

24 boys and girls participated in take your child to work day, learning about jobs like confiscating homemade weapons and contraband from inmates to using search dogs and firefighting.

"I think working in a prison the kids don't have a concept of it because it's not something you run into every day," said Clinical Psychologist Robert Oropeza.  "So coming here they see the fences, they see their parents are putting themselves at risk and I think they get a better appreciation about what their parents do."

For some kids, today was a dream come true.

"I always wanted to go to the prison with my dad because I wanted to see how he works so I would always almost jump in the car with him but he'd say no," said Katelynn Manley.

So when Manley finally went today she said 'its totally not what I expected.'

Kids we spoke to today said today is more than just learning about what their parents do at work.

Manley said it showed her what happened when you make the wrong choices in life.

"So now I know to stay in school and have a good job," said Manley.


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