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Mary Richards, KSL NewsradioChildren visiting the Salt Lake County Jail now have a new toy and brand new books to keep them entertained while they wait. Jail officials say it helps the kids while they wait, and should help them in the long run as well.
Jail clerk Tori Kolkman helps a little boy at the new wall toy in the waiting room. She says, "The younger kids really enjoy the wall unit, whereas the older like the books."
Kolkman says the wait to see a family member can be long, and the children have to leave all their own toys behind for security reasons.
Lt. Dave Hall says this helps the kids. "Often times, there's two or three kids lined up at the play wall, and they are having to negotiate as to who gets to pay first."
Hundreds of books were donated by Volunteers of America for the kids to take home; it's often one of the first books these children call their own.