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Division of Youth Services
The Indiana Department of Correction is an agency within the Executive Branch of State Government. The Division of Youth Services was created to serve the needs of those youth adjudicated to the Department of Correction. By statute, the General Assembly defines the qualifications needed to lead the Department or the facilities operated by the Department. The Governor appoints the Commissioner, who acts as the Department’s Chief Executive Officer, overseeing all aspects of the Department. The Commissioner appoints the Department’s Deputy Commissioners, other members of the Department’s Executive Staff, and the Superintendents at each facility.
DYS provides services for all 92 counties in the state of Indiana, providing secure care in the (6) juvenile facilities and providing re-entry services, parole, and community placement oversight. DYS is committed to providing youth services in the least restrictive setting and to continually work towards enhancing the services we provide to the youth in our care, several major reform efforts have been undertaken which underscores our commitment and dedication to assist and foster positive developments in the field of juvenile justice. Through these efforts and future collaborations with juvenile justice stakeholders throughout the state of Indiana, we will work to improve the level of juvenile services provided to the youth in our care, and assist in improving services throughout all levels of the juvenile justice system. In so doing, we believe wecan improve the lives and futures of these youth, and reduce both juvenile and adult recidivism rates.
With this philosophy in mind, our Division of Youth Services (DYS) will oversee all aspects of Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) juvenile care. We recognize that impacting the lives of troubled youth requires separate adult and juvenile services. DYS has established a new division logo portraying the words Accountability, Beliefs and Commitment. DYS has adopted the Balanced and Restorative Justice Model (http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/pubs/implementing/foreword.html) to serve as the foundation and core beliefs in providing juvenile justice services. The core beliefs of this model will provide the overarching, guiding principle for facility operations, treatment programs, youth development, and community re-entry. DYS recently established new vision and mission statements and we will always strive to uphold our Guiding Principles and the foundations of our beliefs and to promote youth development in a Calm Profession Respectful (CPR) manner.
Our DYS vision is to positively impact the future of Indiana’s delinquent youth to foster responsible citizenship.
Our DYS mission is focused on community protection, accountability, beliefs that foster responsible community living and competency development.
ABC’s of DYS
Balanced & Restorative Justice Model