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

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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 Visitation

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

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?

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