The new Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center officially opened on December 20th in West Philadelphia, reports the Philadelphia Business Journal. The $110 million, 160,000-square-foot facility located at 48th and Haverford Avenue provides a range of services for teens and young adults from ages 13 through 20.
The main function of the facility is to provide a short-term residential detention facility with social and educational programs and help guide those accused or found guilty of crimes away from further illegal conduct. The facility is equipped with 10 classrooms, a gymnasium, a health clinic, outdoor recreation spaces and a garden for residents. Visitation space includes a play area where volunteers can baby-sit young children and rooms where youth can meet with their families, lawyers, social-service providers and probation officers. Family Court courtrooms, Judges' chambers and conference rooms are also on site. This is the largest project constructed by the city to meet LEED standards. It will also serve as a pilot site for a city-wide effort to employ more women and minority contractors in public projects.