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Facility History

Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility (PNJCF) is a maximum security, 391-bed, male juvenile facility located on 91 acres in Pendleton, IN operating under the auspices of the Indiana Department of Correction.  The facility provides extensive need-specific programs and services to the youth entrusted to our care.

Construction began in 1998 and the facility opened for business on July 5, 2000.  The facility is a campus-like structure in the immediate vicinity of two adult correctional facilities.

The physical plant consists of three 96-bed general population housing complexes and one 48-bed admission/orientation complex, as well as a 48-bed secure housing unit.  A services building comprises medical, food services, and laundry; also a housing area for special management and behaviorally challenged youths.  An administrative building contains the staff wellness center, training, the visiting area, and staff offices.  The large programs’ building accommodates the Providence Jr. /Sr. High School which, in addition to its academic courses, includes several vocational trades’ classes such as Culinary Arts and Horticulture. It also includes the indoor recreational facilities and the chapel.  There are outdoor recreational areas within the fenced perimeter, including baseball diamonds, volleyball courts, basketball courts, and a quarter-mile walking running track.  The perimeter has a single arched fence around it and is patrolled around the clock.

The facility is designated security level 1, maximum security, and houses adjudicated, delinquent male juveniles.  The facility houses youth that are high-risk, assaultive, sexual offenders, those with serious health issues or histories of escape.  Youth assigned here may have been sentenced from any of the 92 counties in the State of Indiana.  Pendleton offers a sex offender program along with other treatment, vocational, academic, and volunteer strategies designed, in accordance with its mission, to facilitate a more successful habilitation program and, even more importantly, a successful community re-entry.