The following article was posted on May 18th, 2011, in the New Times - Volume 25, Issue 42 -
Thanks for the guitars
chief probation officer, San Luis Obispo County
On behalf of the San Luis Obispo County Probation Department, I would like to thank Deputy Sheriff Dale Anderson and the local chapter of Guitars Not Guns for their generous donation of six acoustic guitars to the County Juvenile Hall.
Since 1992, Guitars Not Guns has been providing guitars to minors at risk for delinquency all over the United States and Canada. The guitars will be used in the Juvenile Hall Guitar Program, a program in which Juvenile Hall staff members provide basic guitar lessons to detained minors. It is hoped that by providing a positive recreational outlet for minors, they will be less likely to reoffend and return to the Juvenile Hall.
I'd also like to thank Juvenile Services Officers Darby Lambrecht and Jeremy Griego, as well as Mental Health therapist Jim Pearce for their efforts in starting the Juvenile Hall Guitar Program.