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Berks County > County Departments > Court of Common Pleas > Juvenile Probation Office
Berks County Youth Center
 
Contact Information:
 
Berks County Youth Center      
1261 County Welfare Road
Leesport, PA 19533
(610) 396-0310  ext. 2120
 
 
Overview:
 
The Berks County Youth Center (BCYC) provides temporary and safe custody of juveniles accused of conduct subject to the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court.  BCYC provides for your child's physical, emotional, social, and educational needs.
 
Visitation Policy:
 
Visits are provided for immediate family members only; limit three people per visit.  Only siblings 9 years of age and under will be permitted to visit.  Visits are restricted during the first 24 hour period of detainment.  Each child is permitted one half-hour visit per week. 
 
To schedule a visit:
 
Call (610) 396-0310 ext. 2120 between the hours of 2:30pm and 9:00pm.  Visits are by appointment only.
 
Visitation requirements:
  • You must be on time for your scheduled visit.
  • Only those permitted on the visitation list will be permitted to visit. 
  • You will need to present photo identification.
  • Do not give anything directly to your child unless approved by the Corrections Counselor supervising the visit.
  • All personal belongings must be secured either in your car or in a facility locker.
  • Parents suspected of being intoxicated or under the influence of drugs will be asked to vacate the premises.
  • You may be subject to a metal detector search.
  • Hostile, argumentative, or disruptive visitors will be asked to leave immediately and possibly denied any further visits.
Phone Call Policy:
 
Your child can make one 5-minute phone call during the week.  Phone calls are made to parents or legal guardians only.  Incoming phone calls to your child are not permitted.
 
Caseworker Information:
 
Your child will be assigned to a caseworker who is responsive to the needs of detained youth.  If you have questions or concerns regarding your child, call (610) 396-0310 ext. 2089.
 
Contraband:
 
It is against the law to bring any form of contraband into a correctional institution or detention center.  Act 334 of December 6, 1972 (18 Pa. C.S. ss5122.5123) provided for up to $10,000 in fines and five years imprisonment for anyone convicted of bringing contraband, such as liquor or drugs into a prison or for anyone convicted of providing an inmate with a weapon, tool, or implement of escape.  Please do not violate your visitation privilege by bringing unauthorized materials with you.  If you have any questions about what you may or may not bring, please ask immediately.
 
Programs run through BCYC: