The Juvenile Justice Services Center (JJSC) is the only secure youth detention facility in Philadelphia. At the Center, court-ordered juveniles between the ages of 13-20, 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 Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center (JJSC) has established a Zero Tolerance Policy in its efforts to comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), Federal Law of 2003.
PREA is a federal law enacted in 2003 created to eliminate sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and retaliation in confinement facilities; both juvenile and adult. The Final Juvenile Standards were issued on May 17, 2012.
JJSC PREA Policy:
The Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct involving any juvenile. It is the policy of the Juvenile Justice Services Center to provide a safe, humane, and secure environment, free from all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment by establishing definitions of prohibited conduct and maintaining a program of prevention, detection and response to all forms of sexual misconduct.
The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines and procedures to protect juveniles and staff from sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and retaliation. This zero tolerance policy outlines JJSC’s approach to prevent, detect, investigate, track, and respond to all alleged and substantiated sexual misconduct, sexual abuse, sexual-harassment, and retaliation that occur at JJSC.
Sexual misconduct between staff and juveniles; volunteers or contract personnel and juveniles; juveniles and juveniles, regardless of consensual status, is strictly prohibited.
Reporting and Investigations:
Any knowledge, suspicions, or information regarding any form of sexual misconduct, in any facility, that involves a juvenile, must be reported to a supervisor, shift manager, director, or PREA coordinator.
The Philadelphia Police Department Special Victims Unit (SVU) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) has the legal authority to conduct criminal investigations for JJSC. All allegations of potentially criminal behavior involving sexual abuse or sexual harassment, between staff and resident, non-employee and resident, or resident and resident shall be fully investigated by the SVU upon referral.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) will follow its investigative procedures to conduct a complete administrative investigation of all referred allegations of potentially criminal behavior involving sexual abuse or sexual harassment of residents. Documentation shall be kept on all allegations referred to the Philadelphia Police Department Special Victims Unit and the Department of Human Services.
Third Party Reporting:
To report allegations or suspicions of sexual abuse or sexual harassment you may make a report to one or all of the following agencies:
The Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center (PJJSC) at (215) 683-9359; Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR), 24-hour hotline at (215) 985-3333; DHS Child line hotline at 1-800 932-0313.
Victim Advocacy and Support Services:
PJJSC has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR) to provide victim support by making available certified rape crisis advocates as a standard response to assist reporting victims. You may receive outside advocacy assistance at WOAR 24-hour hotline at (215) 985-3333. You may also receive support services from PJJSC Counselors, Social Services-Victim Support Persons, Mental Health or Medical Professionals.
Data Review for Corrective Action and Publication for year 2014.
In compliance with Standard 115.388 of the PREA Standards, JJSC shall annually review data collected and aggregated, pursuant to Standard 115.387, in order to assess and improve the effectiveness of its sexual abuse prevention, detection, and response policies, practices, and training, including:
Also, in compliance with Section 115.389 of the PREA Standards, JJSC shall make all aggregated sexual abuse data readily available to the public, annually.
Data Chart 2016 Click Here
Data Chart 2015 Click Here
Data Chart 2014 Click Here
Target Report 2016 Click Here
Target Report 2015 Click Here
Target Report 2014 Click Here
The Juvenile Justice Services Center received an onsite PREA audit, pursuant to Standard 115.401, on December 8, 9, and 10, 2014. Compliant results for 2014 will be posted as it becomes available.
To See Compliant Results Click Here.