DHS operates Philadelphia's only 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.
The PJJSC's on-site school, individual and group counseling, conflict resolution, life skills, and supervised outdoor recreation help youth in our care to understand and develop empathy for the victims of crimes.
We provide residents with a range of services and activities designed to meet their needs, including:
- Social services.
- Medical services.
- Behavioral health services.
- Recreational programming.
The PJJSC is a clean, well-staffed, and secure detention facility, licensed by PA Department of Human Services. The School District of Philadelphia provides education to all of our residents. Any credits earned at the PJJSC are transferable back to the student’s home school.
We encourage families to visit as often as possible. It is an important way to support to your child during this time. Only parents, grandparents, and legal guardians may visit during regular visiting days without prior authorization.
Youth who are newly admitted may receive a visit within the first 24 hours of their arrival.
Regular visiting times are 7 – 8 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 2:30– 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Each child may receive two visits each week.
Upon admittance families will receive a visiting schedule. We encourage you to arrive about 30 minutes before the start of visits to ensure there's enough time.
At the discretion of our Director of Professional Services, there are times when other adult family members may be allowed to visit. Requests for these visits must be made through your child’s PJJSC social worker.
Keeping in touch
Youth may place a call to their parent/guardians shortly after they arrive at the PJJSC. After that they may call every other day, provided they have followed the Center’s rules and have been respectful to staff and their peers. A youth can lose one of their phone calls for misbehavior.
Youth may send and receive mail. The mail will not be opened by staff, however, it will be inspected to be sure that no inappropriate materials are contained in it. They cannot receive:
- Sexually explicit photographs or literature.
- Weapons, or anything that could be used to harm the child or others.
Send mail to:
The Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center
91 North 48th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19139