While holding youth accountable for their actions, the Department of Juvenile Justice is responsible for prevention programs for at-risk youth in communities all over the Commonwealth. Kentucky juvenile justice facilities are responsible for court intake, pre-trial detention, probation, community supervision, residential placement, and treatment services, as well as caring for youth who are awaiting placement in an adult facility. We work to empower communities and families while rehabilitating youth to improve the future of the Commonwealth.
Kentucky’s Department of Juvenile Justice 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.
Our Mission Statement
The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice provides a range of services to sentenced, committed, probated, and detained youth and their families, creating opportunities for those youth to develop into productive, responsible citizens while enhancing public safety.
Our Vision Statement
The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice aspires to be a premier team of professionals committed to providing life-changing services resulting in the positive transformation of children, families, and communities.