About DJJ

Commissioner Carey D. Cockerell

The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice is one of the five departments under the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. Led by Commissioner Carey D. Cockerell, the department is a multi-faceted agency that serves the Commonwealth’s youth and is the juvenile corrections system for the state of Kentucky. DJJ consists of teams of people at 29 facilities and 20 community service offices who are tirelessly working to shape the lives of the youth in the agency’s care. During their stay with DJJ, youth are engaged in programming that is designed to address their criminological and behavioral needs. Each of the DJJ facilities also operates a year-round accredited school that offers general curriculum as well as vocation opportunities to provide youth with professional development and career training. 

The Department was established in 1996 with the passage of House Bill 117 by Kentucky's General Assembly. 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 of troubled youth.