Division of Juvenile Justice Services


The mission of the Division of Juvenile Justice Services is to be a leader in the field of juvenile justice by changing young lives, supporting families and keeping communities safe.

We provide a continuum of intervention, supervision, and rehabilitation programs to youth offenders while assuring public safety.

Our goals are to:

Goal 1

Improve short-term and long-term outcomes for our youths

Goal 2

Support families in the rehabilitation process

Goal 3

Improve the safety, security and well-being of JJS youths and employees

Division Philosophy – The Balanced Approach

The Balanced & Restorative Justice Model is a philosophy of correctional care that emphasizes three equally important principles:

  • Accountability

    When a crime occurs, a debt is incurred. Youth must be held accountable for their actions and to restore the victim’s losses. JJS will be held accountable for the efficacy of services provided to youth.

  • Competency development

    Offenders should leave the system more capable of productive participation in conventional society than when they entered.

  • Community protection

    The public has a right to a safe and secure community. Youth also have the right to be safe while in the custody of the Division of Juvenile Justice Services.