The UC Review reports that the Department of Human Services broke ground on Wednesday on its state-of-the-art facility at 48th Street and Haverford Avenue.
The Youth Study Center is a secure detention center that provides temporary care and custody for alleged and adjudicated delinquents, age 13 and over, who are awaiting court action. Its purpose is to provide protection to the community as well as a safe and secure setting for youth while ensuring residents are available for scheduled court hearings. The Center admits approximately 6,000 youth annually for assessment and placement as directed by the courts.
The new center will replace the City’s over crowded 54-year-old youth detention facility, which closed last year. At 160,000 square feet, it will also be almost twice the size of the former 97,000 square foot center, which will alleviate overcrowding and provide more adequate space.