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Department of Juvenile Justice

COVID-19 Response

**In an abundance of caution, we have temporarily suspended visitation at all facilities and community offices until further notice. This step was taken to protect our residents, their loved ones, and our staff due to the public health concerns surrounding the Coronavirus or COVID-19.**


The Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and the Department of Juvenile Justice in consultation with the Department for Public Health, have taken proactive measures to mitigate the spread of the virus to youth and staff.

Key initiatives implemented at all Department of Juvenile Justice facilities include:

  • Visitation has been suspended.
  • All outside programming and volunteer activity has been suspended.
  • Limiting the transfer of youth throughout the agency.
  • New youth residents are quarantined for 14 days prior to being incorporated with the general youth population. Quarantined youth receive the same services and access to video conferencing with their families and attorneys as youth residents in the general population.
  • All facilities have enhanced sanitization protocols multiple times daily.
  • Staff are screened for COVID-19 symptoms every day upon entry and at minimum once more during their shift. Anyone entering a DJJ facility is required to sanitize hands and shoes, receive a temperature scan, answer questions regarding social contacts and current health symptoms.
  • Residents are screened for symptoms at a minimum twice daily.
  • Staff and residents have been supplied with general masks and cloth masks made by the Kentucky Correctional Industries garment factory at Kentucky State Penitentiary.
  • All facilities have implemented social distancing.