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 The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice is one of five departments under the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. The department is responsible for prevention programs for at-risk youth, court intake, pre-trial detention, residential placement/treatment services, probation, community aftercare/reintegration programs and youth awaiting adult placement or court.

The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (KY DJJ) was established in 1996 with the passage of HB 117 by Kentucky's General Assembly. KY DJJ strives to promote a comprehensive array of cost-effective services for at-risk youth directed toward preventing delinquency, providing efficient rehabilitation services, and altering the rate of recidivism with appropriate aftercare, while minimizing risk to the community. In providing services, the Department supports and believes in the complete involvement of both the family and the community in the rehabilitation process.

Kentucky has been nationally recognized for the continuum of care it provides for rehabilitating delinquent youth.  While many state's out-of-home placement options are limited to two or three large institutions, Kentucky is able to serve youth in a variety of small programs designed to meet specific treatment needs.

Mission Statement

The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice's mission is to improve public safety by providing balanced and comprehensive services that hold youth accountable, and to provide the opportunity for youth to develop into productive, responsible citizens.

The Department's vision is to be an organization of well-trained professionals dedicated to the positive development of youth who contribute to safe and caring communities.

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Juvenile Justice Data


1.   Data in this report is generated per booking of a Juvenile; thus, all aggregate data is based on a detention of a Juvenile, not on the individual Juvenile.  One Juvenile will be counted multiple times if booked on multiple offenses occurring at different times within the calendar year.

2.   Data is aggregated per calendar year (January 01 to December 31).

3.   On July 15, 2008 House Bill 384 was enacted to address the critical need to bring the KRS into compliance with the federal Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002 (JJDP Act). This legislation reduced the secure detention timeframes for status offenders and prohibits the placement of dependent, neglected or abused (DNA) children, or “nonoffenders,” in secure detention.  Prior to July 15, 2008 a status offense action included Beyond Control, Habitual Runaway and Habitual Truancy charges.

4.   Effective July 15, 2008, House Bill 384 expanded the definition of a status offense action to include tobacco offenses as provided in KRS 438.305 to 438.340 and alcohol offenses as provided in KRS 244.085.  

5.   For the purpose of federal compliance monitoring, civil type traffic offenses are also considered status offenses and may be included in this data.

Data Definitions

2011 Detention Population Data

2010 Detention Population Data

2009 Detention Population Data

2008 Detention Population Data

2007 Detention Population Data

Employee Feedback

The Department of Juvenile Justice would like to offer employees the opportunity to submit suggestions to the Commissioner’s Office to improve services and/or operations to youth and/or staff.  Your suggestions are important. 

If you would like to send suggestions directly to Commissioner Davis, please click on the link below and follow the instructions as listed:

Suggestions for Commissioner



Recruitment Information

Please select the following link to view a listing of potential job classifications available within the Department of Juvenile Justice:

Listing of Job Titles


Last Updated 5/1/2014
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