Avery D. Niles
DJJ Commissioner


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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The Department of Juvenile Justice celebrated the new Muscogee County Education Transition Center in Columbus with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 29th.
DJJ held a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently for the aquaponics garden, the first at a youth detention center in Georgia. The garden, which includes a 600-gallon goldfish tank and vegetables growing inside a sump tank, will be a part of the educational curriculum at the youth detention center.
Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Commissioner Avery D. Niles held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to officially open the Muscogee Education Transition Center (ETC) in Columbus, Georgia. The new facility is designed to give youth re-entering society and still under DJJ supervision a setting where they can complete their secondary education.
On May 20, Avery D. Niles, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), was joined by other state leaders to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate a new Aquaponic Garden at the Elbert Shaw Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC) in Dalton, Georgia.
Watch the WJBF Augusta news story "DJJ Commissioner wants to move kids from the 'back seat' to the 'front seat' in life" here.
Recently, the Aaron Cohn Regional Youth Detention Center (Aaron Cohn RYDC) and Muscogee Youth Development Center (Muscogee YDC) both underwent week-long American Correctional Association (ACA) audits for national accreditation of their facilities and operations.
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.