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Philadelphia, PA 19102

215-683-4DHS






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Youth Study Center

To learn more about Youth Study Center (YSC) call 215-686-4800

The Youth Study Center (YSC) is the only secure youth detention facility in Philadelphia. At the Center, court-ordered juveniles between the ages of 13-18, who are alleged to have committed a felony type offense and are deemed by the court to be a serious risk to the safety of the community or risk of failure to appear at their scheduled court hearings, await their hearing before Juvenile Court. All residents follow a strict schedule of activities that includes regular school sessions conducted on-site by the Philadelphia School District, individual and group counseling, and supervised outdoor recreation.

The 105-bed facility accommodates nearly 5,000 youth each year. The length of stay at the YSC varies but is typically between 6 and 10 days on average, depending upon the particular need of a juvenile, the availability of resources, and the complexity of the legal proceeding in each case.



·Friends of the YSC
·Guide to the YSC
·History of the YSC
·Parent Handbook
·Volunteer Services
·Who We Are - Juvenile Justice