Chester County Youth Center

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Chester County Youth Center Information

The Youth Center in Chester County houses several programs including electronic home monitoring, nonsecure shelter for those in need, respite care, and secure detention. There are 12 secure beds available for female youth between 10 and 21 years of age, and 36 for male juveniles between 10 and 21. Within the facility the focus is on safety and security, and the space is available for all the youth who require detention as they wait for their court date or a detention hearing to determine if they will be released until their trial or if they will remain in detention until then. It operates around the year and is open 24 hours a day to offer services to the residents. Services include case management, classroom instruction, counseling, drug and alcohol assessment, family visits, recreation, medical and dental care, psychological and psychiatric services. Working together these services encourage life and social skills, improve education access, provide for all basic needs, and teach responsibility and accountability. Mail: 505 S. Wawaset Rd. West Chester, PA Mail is permitted through the postal service and is not accepted from other detention locations, victims of the crime, or other restricted contacts. Mail may be inspected for contraband upon arrival and before being sent out. Phones: Only approved contacts, parents and guardians may accept calls from youth at the detention center. Visitation: During the intake process the parents or guardians of the child will be provided with the details for the visiting days and times.

Phone: 610-344-6700

Physical Address:
505 South Wawaset Road
West Chester, PA 19382-6776

Other Jails and Prisons

How Do You Find Someone in the Chester County Youth Center?

To search for an inmate in the Chester County Youth Center, review their criminal charges, the amount of their bond, when they can get visits, or even view their mugshot, go to the Official Jail Inmate Roster, or call the jail at 610-344-6700 for the information you are looking for. You can also look up an offender's Criminal Court Case online in Chester County or any other county in Pennsylvania.

Chester County Youth Center Inmate Search

The Chester County Youth Center maintains an average of 48 offenders in custody on any given day. The Chester County Youth Center has a monthly turnover of 40% of their inmate population, another 30% turnover every 90 days, another 20% every six months, and approximately 10% stay incarcerated between six and twelve months. Every year Chester County law enforcement agencies arrest and detain approximately 14,660 offenders.

The following charts of Chester County inmate population demographics are updated daily. The information shown is for today. For research purposes we have broken down the inmates by sex, age, ethnicity, and criminal charges.

The information is compiled from the Chester County Corrections Department, the state of Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, as well as the United States Department of Justice and Census Bureau records. It represents every person in custody in Chester County.

For complete information on how to get directions, bond, visit, mail, send and receive email and texts, receive phone calls, and send money or commissary to an inmate, find arrest information for Chester County and other counties surrounding this one, scroll down this page. We have a section for each.

We also provide photos of the jail that we have collected over the years.

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About the Chester County Youth Center
The Youth Center in Chester County houses several programs including electronic home monitoring, nonsecure shelter for those in need, respite care, and secure detention. There are 12 secure beds available for female youth between 10 and 21 years of age, and 36 for male juveniles between 10 and 21. Within the facility the focus is on safety and security, and the space is available for all the youth who require detention as they wait for their court date or a detention hearing to determine if they will be released until their trial or if they will remain in detention until then. It operates around the year and is open 24 hours a day to offer services to the residents. Services include case management, classroom instruction, counseling, drug and alcohol assessment, family visits, recreation, medical and dental care, psychological and psychiatric services. Working together these services encourage life and social skills, improve education access, provide for all basic needs, and teach responsibility and accountability. Mail: 505 S. Wawaset Rd. West Chester, PA Mail is permitted through the postal service and is not accepted from other detention locations, victims of the crime, or other restricted contacts. Mail may be inspected for contraband upon arrival and before being sent out. Phones: Only approved contacts, parents and guardians may accept calls from youth at the detention center. Visitation: During the intake process the parents or guardians of the child will be provided with the details for the visiting days and times.
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Recent Bookings & Arrests

How do I find out if someone has been arrested and booked into the Chester County Youth Center?

To find out if someone you know has been recently arrested and booked into the Chester County Youth Center, call the jail’s booking line at 610-344-6700.

There may be an automated method of looking them up by their name over the phone, or you may be directed to speak to someone at the jail. Sometimes the jail staff may ask you the offender’s date of birth to ensure privacy of the offender’s status.

Keep in mind that after an arrest, the information on an offender may not be publicly available for several hours.

If you don’t want to check up on an offender by calling the jail, you can also try looking up people recently booked online.

Chester County Youth Center Booking Roster

What happens during booking in Chester County?

After being arrested and taken into custody, and after being read their Miranda Rights, an offender will next be transported to the local police or department or the Sheriff’s Department in Chester County for booking.

Booking is very involved and requires multiple steps in the process, however, keep in mind that most attorneys will advise that an offender remain silent and not offer any additional information about the crime they have been arrested for because anything they do say may be recorded and may very well be used against them in court.

What is the booking process like at the Chester County Youth Center?

Booking includes having their photo (mugshot) and fingerprints taken, as well as being asked a lot of questions about their personal history and state of mind. If it’s a serious felony, their DNA may also be taken. They will also be checked for warrants in Chester County and other Pennsylvania and USA jurisdictions.

If the offender was arrested for a DUI offense, and has refused a breathalyzer test, they may also be forced to have blood drawn by a doctor or nurse.

It is also very likely that the offender will undergo a humiliating full body search while in the nude. This includes bending over, spreading their cheeks in the direction of an officer, and coughing. They will also be walked through a metal detector or x-ray machine, like those used at an airport.

What kind of questions are asked during booking?

The arresting jurisdiction will ask about gang affiliations, tattoos, medical conditions, prescribed medication they are taking, recreational drugs they are on or addicted to, allergies, if they are suicidal, and other relevant information that will help with determining their cell assignment and special needs.

What happens to an offender’s personal property during booking?

During the arrest and booking process an offender will also have all their personal property confiscated and held for either their release from jail, or with the offender’s approval, released to a friend or family member.

Personal property includes the clothing they are wearing, money, wallets, purses, cell phones, jewelry, body rings, earrings, watches, and even glasses if they are deemed a security risk. If they are allowed to keep their shoes or sneakers, the laces are removed.

What happens after booking?

At this point the offender will be allowed to make a free phone call to a person of their choice to notify them of their arrest, and/or arrange a bond or bail for their release.

If the offender is being detained and housed while awaiting arraignment, the Chester County Youth Center will provide a jail garment and slip-on shoes, a blanket, sheets, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a towel.

Often, before they are dressed in the jail outfit and brought to their housing location, they will be forced to take a shower and undergo a disinfectant treatment for body and hair lice, scabies or other pests that may be residing on their person.

How long does the Chester County Youth Center Booking process take?

Booking can take anywhere from an hour to 24 hours or more. It all depends on the number of people that are awaiting processing, the number of staff on duty at the time, and the behavior of the offender.

If the offender is heavily intoxicated and/or violent, the Booking Officer may decide to stick the offender in a holding cell for several hours until they become more manageable.

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Directions / Map to the Chester County Youth Center
Inmate Bail and Bonding

What is Bail?

Bail is what the arrested in Chester County must pay or do to stay out of jail until the first court appearance. 

The agreement to bail acts as a promise that the arrested will return to court for court dates and trial. Bail usually refers to a dollar amount, but bail can also mean something that has to be done, or a condition such as reporting to an officer of the court, a curfew, restraining orders or attending a treatment program. 

Bail is usually a significant enough amount of money and/or condition that the person will be negatively impacted and has incentive to return to court and not flee. A flight risk usually means that the person would flee the area, and not necessary that they are going to take an airplane. 

If a judge in Chester County feels that the arrested will return to court for further proceedings, the arrested could be released under a conditional release without needing to pay bail money. This is called Released on Own Recognizance, or ROR.  

Conditions for ROR might be to obey all court orders and laws, maintain contact with the lawyer, report changes in residence or have no contact with the victim. Family support will show the court that there are people who will make sure that the defendant makes it to court. 

If the judge or bail schedule determines that the defendant would be a danger to the public if they were released, bail can be denied, and the person will be detained in the Chester County Youth Center until the case is resolved or goes to trial. 

Bail can be denied if the defendant did not comply with bail conditions from a previous arrest. Bail is usually denied in cases of violent offenses. 

What is the difference between Bail and Bond?

Bail and bond are used interchangeably to mean the same thing but technically, they are different.  The bail is the amount to be paid and a bond is a signed document promising payment of the bail amount with certain conditions. Think of a bond as a loan to pay for the bail.  

The bond payment is always written to the court in your municipality, Chester County or district directly and does not go through the defendant. Chances of obtaining a bond from a bond company or clerk of court are better if family is involved.  

The thought of being in jail can cause the arrested to panic and try to secure a bond immediately.

DO NOT panic and take the time to understand all the options.  

More courts are now trying to work with defendants to make bail work and might provide non-monetary options or even reduce the bail.  

Payments to a bond company are not refundable. It is a long process to get back property title or money that was given to the clerk of court or bondsperson to secure the bond. This could put your loved ones into a difficult financial situation. 

Another reason not to unnecessarily rush into securing a bond is that if the court notes that you came up with the money to pay a bond company, they may assume you have resources to pay a defense attorney and decline public defense.  

On the other hand, as anyone who has ever been involved in their criminal defense understands, fighting your case while ‘out on the streets’ gives you a much better chance of either winning, or getting a more favorable sentence.  

What are the different types of bonds in Chester County?

Based on a review of information from the arrest, the judge or bail officer will determine and notify the accused of which types of bonds are available to them.

To describe the types of bonds, let’s use an example of buying your neighbor’s car. Your neighbor decides the price of the car and how they would be paid.  

Similarly, the court (meaning a police or bail officer, clerk of court, bail magistrate or judge) determines the bail amount and how it would be paid.

Here are different options that the seller of the car or the court might consider:

You could pay full asking price for the car in cash. This is similar to paying cash bail.  The full amount of bail would be paid to the town or county clerk or at the jail. Cash, cashier’s checks and credit cards are usually accepted.

You could sign an agreement on your own or with another person to pay for the car at a future date knowing that your neighbor would know where to find you if you stopped payment. This would be similar to a cash bond or a personal recognizance (PR) bond which are bonds to where someone representing the defendant signs paperwork promising to pay the bail amount if the defendant does not show up to court. There is no money due up front. 

If the defendant does not show up, the full amount of the bail will be due to the court and the people who signed the paperwork will be responsible for paying the court and the court will send the sheriff’s department to arrest you. 

Cash bonds and PR bonds are types of unsecured bonds because you are not securing it with any money down. In bond terms, a surety is a person who will be responsible for making sure that you will show to court and will be responsible to pay the bond if the arrested person does not show up.

Surety can be family, friend or a bondsperson. Your attorney cannot act as a surety.

You can put a deposit down for your neighbor’s car and sign an agreement that the car will be paid off at a later date. Cash percentage in lieu of bonds is when the defendant pays a percentage of the bail amount, usually 10%, to the court which then holds the money until the case is over. 

The amount is returned to the person who paid the 10% after the case is over. In most cases, the full amount is not returned if there are court fees or fines due. This is a type of surety bond if another person signs the bond paperwork.

You could sign an agreement that if the car were not paid off, that your neighbor would get your house or something of value. 

A property bond is a bond that the courts might consider in which the bond is pledged in land or home real estate (mobile homes are not accepted).  

Usually, the property must be in the same state as the courts, and it must be worth at least 1 ½ - 2 times the amount of the bond.  

There are multiple court fees involved to execute a property bond with the courts and a tedious process to get the property deed back. This is another type of surety bond if another person or a bond company is used to secure the bond. 

You could also go to a local bank and take out a car loan offering property or anything of value for collateral. You may get someone to co-sign on the loan and offer their property. The bank charges fees, interest and could keep your property if you did not pay the loan back, or even on time.  

A professional bondsperson makes money, at least 10% of the bond amount by providing you with a “loan” called a bond. The percent that they charge is fixed by the state and cannot be negotiated. The defendant or surety does not get that 10% or more back even if the terms of the bail are met. 

With a property bond, the property deed would need to be signed over to the bondsperson and everyone on the deed would need to be involved. 

Since the bondsperson signed off, to be responsible that you show to court as your surety, they can send a bounty hunter to bring you to court if you flee. A bondsperson does not have to give you a bond if the defendant seems to be too much of a risk.

Ask the bondsperson to explain all the costs: percentage, fees or court fees. There is never a reason to rush through signing the paperwork with a bond company. Make sure that everything told to you is in writing and that you understand what you are signing. Ask questions, and if you feel rushed or don’t understand the contract with the bond company, you might want to call another one.

(There have been phone scams where a bond company calls and informs a person that their family member has been arrested and they ask for financial information.  A bondsperson will not call asking for money without involvement of the arrested.)

Does Chester County Pennsylvania have bail?  

Yes,  Chester County recognizes most types of bonds.

What kind of bonds are accepted in Chester County? 

Bail in Chester County is available in several different forms including release on recognizance (ROR), release on non-monetary conditions, non-secured bail, nominal bail and monetary conditions.

Who can set bail in Pennsylvania?  

Bail is set by a judge, either at a District Court or the Court of Common Pleas. 

When is bail set in Pennsylvania?  

Bail will be set during the first/initial court hearing, also called an arraignment. This court hearing may be the same day as the arrest or the next day depending on the court schedule. Hearings are not held on weekends or holidays.

Can I get the bail or bond reduced in Chester County Pennsylvania? 

Yes, your attorney may file a request for bail reduction or modification.

In Chester County Pennsylvania, who can pay bail for me? 

The person posting bail should be a relative or close friend, called a surety, because they are promising and taking responsibility that you will return to court to get their money back. 

A surety is not responsible for court fees or paying off personal debts for the defendant. A professional bondsperson who is approved by the State of Pennsylvania could be the surety and execute a bond to the court on your behalf.

Can bail be paid online in Chester County Pennsylvania?  

Yes, all Pennsylvania counties offer online bail payment.

You can also contact the jail by going to the Chester County Youth Center for more information about online bail payments in Chester County.

In the alternative, the Chester County Clerk of Court or District Court staff can assist during working hours.

What options are there to pay bail in Chester County Pennsylvania?

Cash, credit card, or debit card. Access the PA ePay Bail option.

Please contact the jail for specific information on how to pay cash. Go to the Chester County Youth Center for more information about posting bail in Chester County.  

Will I get all my bond money back in Pennsylvania? 

Bail money is returned to the person who paid the bail; in whole or in part once the case is finished. There may be fees, restitution (money to pay for damage caused by the crime) or fines that come out of that amount. If you used a bondsperson, you would not get your 10% back. Property is returned by the court or bondsperson after the appropriate requests and formal paperwork are completed with the court.

Can I get bail or a bond with no money down in Chester County?

The judge or officer who sets bail determines which kind of bail will be an option for you, but a cash bond and PR bonds usually do not require cash down, though you might have to pay court fees.

A cash bond or a personal recognizance (PR) bond are bonds where someone representing the defendant signs paperwork promising to pay the bail amount if the defendant does not show up to court. There is no money due up front. 

If the defendant does not show up, the full amount of the bail will be due to the court and the people who signed the paperwork will be responsible for paying the court and the court will send the sheriff’s department to arrest you. 

Cash bonds and PR bonds are types of unsecured bonds because you are not securing it with any money down. In bond terms, a surety is a person who will be responsible to make sure that you will show to court and will be responsible to pay the bond if the arrested person does not show up.  A surety can be family, friend or a bondsperson. Your attorney cannot act as a surety.

What are the least expensive and affordable bail bonds in Pennsylvania?  

The Chester County Youth Center or court in this jurisdiction can provide you with a list of approved and licensed bond companies, but they cannot recommend a specific company. You are not obligated to use the first company available and can call several companies to compare what kind of bonds that the bondsperson is willing to execute.  

The percentage of bail that the bond company can charge is set, usually at 10%, by the state and cannot be negotiated.

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Inmate Visitation

How Do You Visit an Inmate in the Chester County Youth Center? What is the Schedule?

Chester County Youth Center ON-SITE VISITATION SCHEDULE

505 South Wawaset Road
West Chester, PA 19382-6776
610-344-6700

  • Visits are 30 minutes.
  • You must be on the inmate's visitor list.
  • The actual visitation times may depend on the inmate and their housing location. Call 610-344-6700 and get your inmate's times and make an appointment to visit.
  • Inmates are allowed one visit per week.
  • A maximum of 2 guests are allowed per inmate.
  • Visitors must have a government issued photo ID.
  • Dress professionally with non-revealing clothing.

ON SITE VISITATION SCHEDULE - ALWAYS CALL 610-344-6700 TO CONFIRM VISITATION SCHEDULE!

DAY TIMES
SUNDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM
MONDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM
6:00PM - 8:00PM
TUESDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM
6:00PM - 8:00PM
WEDNESDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM
6:00PM - 8:00PM
THURSDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM
6:00PM - 8:00PM
FRIDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM
6:00PM - 8:00PM
SATURDAY 9:00AM - 11:00AM
2:00PM - 4:00PM

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Chester County Youth Center’s Inmate Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 610-344-6700 for further assistance.

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Remote Video Visitation

Can I Use My Computer or Phone to Have a Remote Video Visit with an Inmate in the Chester County Youth Center?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Chester County Youth Center’s Video Remote Visitation Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 610-344-6700 for further assistance.

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Inmate Money Accounts

How Do You Deposit Money for an Inmate in the Chester County Youth Center?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Chester County Youth Center’s Inmate Money and Trust Fund Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 610-344-6700 for further assistance.

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Inmate Phone Contact

How Do I Receive Phone Calls from an Inmate in the Chester County Youth Center?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Chester County Youth Center’s Inmate Phone Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 610-344-6700 for further assistance.

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Mailing an Inmate

How do I Mail an Inmate in the Chester County Youth Center, and what can I send them?

Postcards
The Chester County Youth Center allows inmates to receive pre-metered postcards like the type purchased from the post office. They may also allow certain photo postcards as long as they have not been tampered with or contain images that may be considered to be obscene or violent in nature.
Envelopes
The Chester County Youth Center may also allow regular postcards and envelopes to be mailed to inmates as well, however more and more jails are no longer allowing envelopes or paper letters due to concern about paper being dipped into liquefied drugs like methamphetamines and cocaine and then mailed into secure facilities.
To confirm that the Chester County Youth Center still allows letters in envelopes call 610-344-6700 or view the Inmate Mail Instructions.
Newspapers
Local or national newspapers may also be mailed to the inmate as long as they are mailed directly from the newspaper publisher.
Magazines
News, special interest or sports magazines may also be mailed to an inmate as long as they are shipped directly from the publisher. Any magazines that contain profanity, weapons, pornography or other content that is adult in nature will be confiscated by the jail staff and will NOT be delivered to the inmate.
Books
Most jails allow books to be mailed directly to the jail from a reputable source such as AmazonBarnes & Noble or Books-A-Million. You can order them directly from your computer and have them shipped to the inmate at the address above.
Books must NOT contain images or content that are considered excessively violent, pornographic or obscene. Any book that does not meet the Chester County Youth Center standards will be disposed of.
Hard cover books will not be accepted by the jail due to their potential to be used as a weapon.
To confirm that the Chester County Youth Center continues to allow books to be mailed by a third party publisher or bookseller, call 610-344-6700.
Care packages
Care packages are pre-chosen items packaged together and sent to the inmate from a third-party vendor. They can include clothing, snacks and seasonal items.
When a jail allows the inmate to receive Care Packages they must come directly from an approved company that specializes in serving the inmates of jails.
Call 610-344-6700 to see if the Chester County Youth Center participates in a Care Package program and if so, how to purchase one.

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Chester County Youth Center’s Inmate Mail Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 610-344-6700 for further assistance.

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Inmate Commissary

Can I purchase Commissary Online for an Inmate in the Chester County Youth Center, and what can I purchase?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Chester County Youth Center’s Commissary Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 610-344-6700 for further assistance.

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Texting and Emailing an Inmate

How Can I Communicate with an Inmate in the Chester County Youth Center using an Online Messaging Service?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Chester County Youth Center’s Text and Email Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 610-344-6700 for further assistance.

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Inmate Tablets

Do Inmates in the Chester County Youth Center have Access to Tablets or Computers?

We’ve compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for everything you need to know about Chester County Youth Center’s Tablet Policies, Rules and Guidelines. If you still have questions after reviewing these FAQs, call 610-344-6700 for further assistance.

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Are there photos of the Chester County Youth Center? What does it look like?
Other Jails in Chester County

What are the other City and County Jails in Chester County?

Chester County County Jails
Chester County Juvenile Facilities
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Other Jails Nearby

What are the other Jails in the Neighboring Counties surrounding Chester County?

Chester New Castle Cecil Lancaster Berks Delaware Montgomery
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Search for an Inmate in Chester County

This facility, known as "Chester County Youth Center" is also known as Chester County Youth Center, Pennsylvania, Chester.