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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January 2019 DJJ Board Meeting Notification

Notice is hereby given to the public that the monthly meeting of the Department of Juvenile Justice Board and the Department of Juvenile Justice Board of Education will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 24, 2019 in the Board Room at 3408 Covington Highway, Decatur, Georgia 30032. If you require assistance, please call 404-508-7243.
Aquaponic Gardening is coming to the Elbert Shaw RYDC.
Commissioner Avery D. Niles presided over the ribbon cutting ceremony on December 10th to officially open the Department of Juvenile Justice’s (DJJ) newest facility, Cadwell Regional Youth Detention Center (Cadwell RYDC) in Laurens County.
On November 27th, the Macon Youth Development Campus (YDC) held a graduation celebration for nine graduates of the Connections Graduate Program who successfully completed Phase I of the inaugural Pre-Employment Skills Program.
The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice was well represented at this year's Congress of Correction with appearances by Commissioner Avery D. Niles, DJJ Chief of Psychology Dr. Ron Koon, and DJJ Director of Office of Behavioral Health Dr. Christy Doyle.
The Office of Nutrition and Food Services held its annual Professional Development Conference (PDC) in Athens in October. Food service managers and staff from 26 DJJ secure facilities attended the conference to receive training on nutrition guidelines and policies, planning for special diets, and food safety.
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.
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).
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.