2018 Champion City

Philadelphia, PA : 2018 Champion City

Child-Centered Solutions for Philadelphia’s Youth Offenders

  • 1,567,872

  • James F. Kenney

  • Directly Elected Mayor

    Type of Government
  • 4 years

    Length of Term
  • Youth

    Issue Area

The Problem

Arrested youth—2,774 last year—are held in district holding cells designed for adults, and police are not equipped to mitigate the resulting trauma or provide appropriate social services.

The Idea

The City of Philadelphia will create a child-centered, trauma-informed, and service-oriented facility for children who get arrested, rather than sending them to regular police precincts for booking as they are today.

What Mayor James Kenney is saying:

We’re deeply committed to building stronger supports for vulnerable young people through the Philadelphia Hub for Juvenile Justice Services, and we know our idea will benefit from participating in the Mayors Challenge.

James Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia, PA

Our Prototyping Journey