Glen Mills Schools

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The Glen Mills Schools (GMS) is a residential facility for juvenile delinquents located in Glen Mills and in Thornbury Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania.[1][2][3][4] David Barstow of the St. Petersburg Times said that Glen Mills was "the country's most radical and, some say, its most effective answer yet to juvenile crime."[5]

The facility serves boys between 15 and 18 years of age.[6]

Cosimo D. "Sam" Ferrainola, who served as the director of Glen Mills for many years, said that Glen Mills's social structure is, in the words of David Barstow of the St. Petersburg Times, "a system of social control borrowed directly from street gangs. [...] Which is why Glen Mills recruits gang members as students. They readily understand the power of peer pressure and the rewards of status. The big difference between a street gang and Glen Mills is that students aren't allowed to lay a hand on each other."[5]


The institution opened in 1826 as the Philadelphia House of Refuge.[7]

In 1996 officials in Florida started plans to establish the Adam Paine Academy, modeled on Glen Mills.[5] In 1997 pressure from the surrounding community lead to an end to the plans to establish the Florida school.[8]


The 750 acres (300 ha) campus, located 20 miles (32 km) west of Philadelphia,[6] is on an almost 1,800-acre (730 ha) property.[7] Barstow said that the campus "looks like another pricey prep school for East Coast elites."[5] The campus is in proximity to Concordville.[9]

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  1. ^ "Telephone/ Address/Emails." "Physical address: Glen Mills Schools 185 Glen Mills Road Glen Mills, PA 19342 "
  2. ^ "Directions." Glen Mills Schools. Retrieved on September 6, 2011.
  3. ^ "Thornbury township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 6, 2011.
  4. ^ "Chapter 7 7-11." Comprehensive Zoning Plan. Thornbury Township. Retrieved on September 6, 2011. "The three major institutions found in the Township, the Delaware County Prison, Glen Mills Schools and Cheyney University[...]"
  5. ^ a b c d Barstow, David. "A NEW FORM OF REFORM." St. Petersburg Times. January 28, 1996. National 1A. Retrieved on September 7, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Admissions." The Glen Mills Schools. Retrieved on September 6, 2011.
  7. ^ a b "About Glen Mills." Glen Mills Schools. Retrieved on September 6, 2011.
  8. ^ "History." South County Career Center (Hillsborough County Public Schools). Retrieved on September 7, 2011.
  9. ^ "A Place for Hard Foster Care Cases." (Opinion) The New York Times. January 29, 1990. 1. Retrieved on September 7, 2011.
  10. ^ Jensen, Mike (February 24, 2014). "Aaric Murray working to bring maturity level in line with talent level". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 

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