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10 Juvenile Detention Centers in United States

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Correctional facilities in the United States have developed a great deal over the past decades, and they hold prisoners that are their way to social rehabilitation. Such correctional facilities are established not only for adult but also those who are under the age of majority. The Juvenile Detention Centers or Youth detention centers in the USA hold young people under the age of majority to complete their sentence or be there pending hearings, and these are 10 important juvenile detention centers in the United States.

1. Camp Joseph Scott
Located in the Los Angeles County, Camp Joseph Scott is one of 18 juvenile camps in the area, and it opened its doors in 2010. The camp serves as a juvenile detention center for female inmates and provides them with an education through the charter school education system.

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2. Camp Kilpatrick
Also located in the Los Angeles County, Camp Kilpatrick has been around since the 1960's and was known for its sport's programs. The camp focuses on giving youth a sense of self-pride and helping them rehabilitate in a supportive environment. Camp Kilpatrick unique sport's program was even documented in the 1993 Emmy Award-winning documentary film Gridiron Gang that revolved around the camps 1990 season.

3. Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility
Located in Salem, Oregon, the Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility is a state-run juvenile detention center and is run by Oregon's juvenile corrections agency. The establishment housed girls when it first opened in 1914, turned into a co-gender center and became an all-male center in 2008. Hillcrest Youth Correctional Facility closed in 2017 and the youth that is housed moved to MacLaren.

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4. Indianapolis Juvenile Correctional Facility
The Indianapolis Juvenile Correctional Facility houses 185 female inmates these days and is run by the Indiana Department of Correction. It used to be a minimum, medium, and maximum state juvenile facility since its establishment in 1869. As of 2018, all the inmates in the center are girls and woman from the age of 12 to 21, and they were moved to Madison Juvenile Correctional Facility (the IJCF became a women's prison).

5. Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility
The Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility is home to 245 male inmates, and the center is designed for "preparing young men for re-entry into society with the necessary skills to avoid further criminal behavior." The Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility opened in 2010, and as of today, it has 300 beds for potential residents. The unique center has treatment-based programs that target individual rehabilitation and it has 7 units for various types of male occupants.

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6. Giddings State School
The Giddings State School is located in Lee County in Texas and has been operational since September 1972. The facility spreads on 58 acres and has a chapel, a cafeteria, a classroom building, shops, a gymnasium, dormitories, a security unit and an office complex. In 2004, the Giddings States School was the largest employer in Lee County, and it is still operational today.

7. Capital District Secure Juvenile Center
The Capital District Secure Juvenile Center is located in New York and is a coed establishment for youth. It is the first multi-county detention center for youth and is administered by the Capital District Youth Center, Inc. The Capital District Secure Juvenile Center houses youth between the ages of 10-15 (the vast majority) and aims to provide a structured environment to all juveniles who call it home.

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8. Coosa Valley Juvenile Detention Center
The unique center in Alabama was established in 1974 following the suicide of a teenage boy who was held in jail. The Coosa Valley Juvenile Detention Center has a capacity of 48 beds for both male and female juveniles from 6 counties in the state. The age range in the facility is 10 to 18, and it holds teens who have not committed a capital offense but have been ordered to be there by the courts.

9. Illinois Youth Center
Since it first opened in 1904, capacity in the Illinois Youth Center in Chicago has grown to 348. The center is a level 2 medium-security facility and has a double purpose: it houses juvenile detainees and is also used as a processing center for most of the males that are committed to the IDJJ (Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice).

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10. Gilliam Youth Services Center
The Gilliam Youth Services Center has been operational since 1903 and is the oldest state operated detention center in Colorado. The capacity in the facility is 64 detainees, both female and male from the age of 10 to the age of 18. Gilliam Youth Services Center makes it a point to make the detainees responsible adults and help them keep the community safe once they leave the facility.


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