Spofford Juvenile Center

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Spofford Juvenile Center (later known as Bridges Juvenile Center) was a juvenile corrections institution for youth offenders that was located in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx, New York.[1] The facility started as the Youth House for Boys and Youth House for Girls in the mid-1940s, and it moved to Hunts Point in 1957.[2] The Youth House soon became known as Spofford Juvenile Center. On January 18, 1998, the city announced that the Horizon Juvenile Center, in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx, and the Crossroads Juvenile Center, in Brownsville, Brooklyn, would be opened to replace the Spofford facility.[3] However, ultimately, Spofford was not closed, but was instead renamed Bridges Juvenile Center in 1999.[4] In early 2011, Bridges was closed by the city. In announcing the closure, the Correctional Association of New York recognized that the facility had "a history of poor conditions and brutality against children."[5]