Edmund L. Thomas Adolecent Center

State Juvenile

Last Updated: May 03, 2024
4728 Lake Pleasant Road, Erie, PA 16504-2778

Edmund L. Thomas Adolecent Center is for State Juvenile offenders have not been sentenced yet and are detained here until their case is heard.

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The Edmund L. Thomas Adolecent Center is within the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Department of Juvenile Justice located at 4728 Lake Pleasant Road, Erie, PA.

The facility provides supervision of youth in a safe, secure and humane environment. Services for youth include education, mental health, substance abuse, and health care. Medical and mental health are contracted services. Educational services are funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through local school districts.

A typical day in secure detention would involve hygiene, meals, school, structured physical and educational activities, and court appearance as scheduled. The average length of stay in secure state detention is approximately 60 days.

The Edmund L. Thomas Adolescent Center plays a crucial role in providing care for court-ordered children in Erie County. With its two short-term therapeutic residential programs, it aims to ensure the well-being of at-risk youth while they await adjudication or disposition by the Court of Common Pleas. The center's secure detention program aligns with the principles of balanced and restorative justice, focusing on community protection, accountability, and competency development.

Education is a fundamental aspect of the center's services, facilitated by a certified school staff from the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit. Students have the opportunity to earn academic credit during their stay, and a summer school program funded by Title One helps improve math and reading scores. Attendance is mandatory for residents without a high school diploma, emphasizing the importance of education in their rehabilitation.

In addition to education, the center prioritizes the health and well-being of its residents. All children undergo a comprehensive health-care screening upon admission, including dental and eye care, provided by the medical department. This ensures that their physical needs are addressed during their time at the center.

Transparency and accountability are maintained through the provision of a handbook to each resident upon admission. This handbook outlines daily expectations, client rights, the grievance procedure, consequences for noncompliance, and a visitation policy. By clearly defining these guidelines, the center promotes a structured and supportive environment for its residents.

Furthermore, the center operates under state licensing regulations and undergoes annual audits and inspections to ensure compliance with standards. This commitment to regulation and oversight reflects the center's dedication to maintaining high-quality care and services for the youth in its care.

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Visitation Information

Visitation at this state juvenile facility is restricted to immediate family members only, including mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers. The visitation guidelines are stringent, and it is advisable to contact the facility staff to ascertain specific limitations. For information on visitation schedules, visiting room regulations, and other relevant details about your visit, please contact 814-451-6191. The facility staff will provide comprehensive guidance to ensure a smooth and compliant visitation experience.

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