Education and Conditions in Juvenile Detention Remain Poor, Advocates Say

Avi Wolfman-Arent, WHYY •

Mayes’ testimony was among many chilling accounts delivered at Thursday’s council hearing, which focused on conditions at youth placement facilities. The hearing comes 19 months after a guard at a residential facility for troubled children in West Philadelphia killed 17-year-old David Hess. It also comes amid a steep drop in the number of children sent to these facilities, either by the courts or through the child welfare system.