Youth Justice

DHS operates the county’s juvenile detention facility, manages contracts for court-ordered youth programs, and works to divert youth from the formal justice system through intensive prevention services.

Court programs for youth

DHS works with providers to help youth who are at risk of getting arrested or involved with the court system, and youth who are already involved with the court system.

E3 Power Centers

E3 stands for Education, Employment, and Empowerment. A Youth Opportunity grant from the United States Department of Labor created E3 Power Centers to help youth acquire the skills and work experience they need to make a successful transition to adulthood.

Intensive Prevention Services (IPS)

Intensive Prevention Services (IPS) supports youth who have disciplinary issues at school or home to prevent them from entering the juvenile justice system.

Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center (PJJSC)

DHS operates the Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center (PJJSC), a secure juvenile detention center. Youth between the ages of 13 and 20 are held here at the request of the Courts while they wait for their cases to be heard. We provide supervision, high quality programming, and an array of professional services.


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