A D.C. official said today that the Oak Hill Youth Center, the city’s facility for housing youth offenders, will shut down in two weeks. “This is a good achievement for the city,” said David Muhammad, chief of committed services for the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. Muhammad made the remarks at a youth conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The shuttering of the center is a long-overdue step for the District government. For years and years, the facility has been plagued by overcrowding, subpar conditions, and escapes. The new facility is just a quarter-mile away.

Reporting by Jason Cherkis