DJJ Resources

About DJJ

As of late 2022, DJJ operates eight youth detention centers across the Commonwealth. Three of these youth detention centers house male juveniles aged 14 or older who have been charged with a violent or serious offense (Capital, Class A, B or C felony). Four youth detention centers house male juveniles younger than 14 or who have been charged with a lower-level offense (Class D felony or lesser offense). The remaining youth detention center is a female-only detention center. DJJ also operates a transportation unit to alleviate burdens placed on local law enforcement transporting youth to and from youth detention centers or to court hearings.

Apart from youth detention centers, DJJ also operates six youth development centers, nine group homes and five-day treatment programs. These centers and programs allow DJJ to create a nationally recognized continuum of care for rehabilitating delinquent youth. While many state’s out-of-home placement options are limited to small numbers of large institutions, Kentucky is able to serve youth in a variety of small programs designed to meet specific treatment needs.​

Regulations Filed

Administrative regulations filed with the Legislative Research Commission for the Department of Juvenile Justice may be accessed on the LRC Website. Select the Title for the regulation and scroll down to the appropriate administrative regulation in the Chapter.

Kentucky Educational Collaborative for State Agency Children

KECSAC is a statewide collaborative that works with state agencies, school districts and local programs to ensure that state agency children receive a quality education comparable to all Kentucky students.


School Districts & Programs Serving State Agency Children

DJJ Policy Manual

The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is one of five departments under the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. While holding youth accountable for their actions, DJJ is a multi-faceted agency that serves the commonwealth’s youth as the juvenile corrections system for the state. DJJ is responsible for prevention programs for at-risk youth, court intake, pre-trial detention, residential placement and treatment services, probation, community aftercare, and reintegration programs, as well as the confinement of youth awaiting adult placement or court hearings.