The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is a multi-faceted agency that serves the state's youthful offenders up to the age of 21.

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The Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Office of Communications (OoC) is the point of contact for media inquiries from all local, state and national news organizations. The OoC is solely authorized by the Commissioner as the Department’s official media liaison to provide timely and accurate information about DJJ and its 26 juvenile secure facilities and 96 community services offices (CSOs).

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The Office of the Ombudsman acts as a single point of contact for family members, advocates, and other concerned citizens who are interested in reporting complaints on behalf of youth under supervision to the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.
DJJ is pleased to announce the deployment of a Community Resources Database for use by staff, youth and their families. The database consists of more than 1,200 resources statewide. DJJ will continue to add to the database as new resources become available.

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Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles is proud to announce that DJJ Board Member Angie Holt is soon to be named recipient of the 2018 ‘Heritage Award’ by the International Association of Women Police (IAWP).
To meet the needs and requests of youth, the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) team at the Rockdale RYDC has designed the Life Skills training program.
Elbert Shaw Regional Youth Detention Center Food Service Director Elizabeth Waters just won the 2018 Taste of America Challenge for the entire state of Georgia.
In June, the Department of Juvenile Justice was proud to host a Family Engagement Day at the Macon Youth Development Campus (Macon YDC).
The Muscogee Youth Development Campus (YDC) held a graduation ceremony in June for the youths who successfully completed Rescue 2 Restore’s (R2R) Pawsitive Works Animal Assisted Learning curriculum.
As part of the Department of Juvenile Justice's Office of Reentry Services program, the Macon Youth Development Campus (Macon YDC) has entered into a partnership with the Bibb Mt. Zion Church of Macon to develop a mentoring program for the female youth in the facility.
Recently, District Three held a teen job fair for community youth at the Switzer Branch Library in Marietta. Six Flags Over Georgia, Cobb County Parks and Recreation, Zaxby’s and WorkSource Georgia were among the employers who sent representatives.
Recently, Office of Planning & Preparedness Director Scott Cagle was one of eight emergency managers nationwide selected and recruited to participate in a special severe weather training scenario as part of the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma.
Recently, the DeKalb Regional Youth Detention Center (DeKalb RYDC) held a Wellness Day for the youth in the facility. Featuring nutritional snacks and information on food dishes from around the world, the DeKalb RYDC Wellness Day focused on healthy living, healthy eating, and an appreciation of learning about the food cultures of different countries.
The Home Depot and the Office of Reentry Services are both helping to provide youths in DJJ care with the professional and personal skills needed to succeed in the 21st century. Whether computer skills, mechanical skills useful in a warehouse or “soft” skills for the workplace, DJJ youth are receiving training for future employment and life in general.
DJJ is pleased to announce the deployment of a Community Resources Database for use by staff, youth and their families. The database consists of more than 1,200 resources statewide. DJJ will continue to add to the database as new resources become available.