Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice

  • Agency: Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Address: 1025 Capital Center Drive, Frankfort, 40601 KY
  • Chief:
Phone: (502) 573-2738​

Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice is located at 1025 Capital Center Drive, Frankfort, 40601 KY. The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice phone number is (502) 573-2738​.

Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice News

Last week, two youth at the Mayfield Youth Development Center spent their day learning about the cost of parenthood, all while helping their local community. The young men shopped around Walmart calculating the cost of diapers, formula, wipes, baby clothes, and shoes. The youth were given a budget or $300 to spend, and their total ticket price was $298.45! After shopping, the items purchased were donated to the Hope Center in Mayfield, KY. The Hope Center provides medical service, and material needs assistance to struggling parents. The registered nurse present (pictured in the center) talked with the young men about the importance of fathers being present in their child's life. The youth were able to learn valuable information from the trip while providing assistance to struggling parents in the Mayfield community.

Statistics show that providing quality programming for delinquent youth in their home communities produces better outcomes and helps to reduce recidivism. #KYDJJ Read more:

Some of the #KYDJJ executive staff traveled to Woodsbend Youth Development Center yesterday. It was an informative trip for newer executive staff members, and it was a wonderful opportunity for Commissioner Cockerell to express his gratitude to all of the Woodsbend staff for all that they do!

ICYMI: Legislative Research Commission news release provides information about how DJJ, AOC, and others are working to make Kentucky's juvenile justice and court systems better for youth.

The #kydjj team is excited to introduce the new greyhounds at the Morehead Youth Development Center, Charna and Fort. This program helps teach youth unconditional love and responsibility. It also gives them valuable skills for reentry into their communities. STAY TUNED: The greyhound program is growing!! Our next #fridayfeature will be the greyhounds at the Louisville Day Treatment Center / Westport Group Home.

WE ARE HIRING! Additional information can be found by using the numbers listed under each available position at

Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Youth Chair, Glenda Wright and Juvenile Justice Specialist, Laura McCauley discussing the “Spirit of the Youth” award tonight with @WCPO! Visit for more information about the award and how to apply.

The #KYDJJ team is thrilled to announce that the Campbell Regional Juvenile Detention Center and the Northern Kentucky Youth Development Center both met all of the federal standards in their 2018 PREA audits. There are over 180 standards that a facility must comply with, and it is not easy to meet them all. Meeting every standard is something to be extremely proud of! The Commissioner, the Deputies, and the entire #KYDJJ Executive Team are so proud to work with individuals who make the safety of Kentucky's youth a priority.

It is always exciting when the #KYDJJ team gets new youth workers who are willing to take on the task of working with Kentucky's at-risk youth. Today, many of the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice staff members and facility Superintendents had the pleasure of attending the Academy 97 graduation. Great job to all of the 22 new youth workers, and good luck! We would like to give a special "thank you" to our wonderful training branch staff who work tirelessly to ensure that all new youth workers receive the best training possible. Your work is so appreciated!

The #KYDJJ team is incredibly proud of the wonderful staff at the McCracken Regional Juvenile Detention Center for what they are doing in the lives of Kentucky's youth through programming. The book club program at McCracken is so popular that it drew some local attention and made it on the news! If you missed it, watch the video below.

#KYDJJ is at it again! Superintendent Rondesia Whitlow and the staff of the Warren Detention Center received an exemplary score of 100% on their ACA re-accreditation audit. Great job team! Thank you to all of the Warren RJDC staff for your dedication to DJJ and the youth of Kentucky.

With the help of nearly 1300 juvenile justice employees, we are relentlessly working to continue creating positive change in the Commonwealth! The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice is committed to keeping our communities safe while providing rehabilitation programs and services to Kentucky's youth.

DJJ Commissioner, Carey D. Cockerell, and the DJJ Team are extremely proud of Superintendent Bruce Davis and the staff of the Hardin County Day Treatment on a successful ACA re-accreditation audit. The facility earned an exemplary score of 100% on their re-accreditation score. Thanks to everyone at the Hardin County Day Treatment for their commitment to DJJ, the ACA process, and most importantly, to the youth we serve.

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The Department of Juvenile Justice cares for so many talented and intelligent youth. See what has been going on at the Morehead Youth Development Center!

In case you missed it - We are pleased to announce that Mr. Kelly Hibbitts of the London Group Home has been appointed the East Region Division Director of Progam Operations.

It is #FollowFriday! Head to to see live #DJJOnTheRoad updates, interesting reads, and all the things #KYDJJ

At the start of the month, #KYDJJ residents from the Woodsbend Youth Development Center spent several hours picking up trash along a 2.5 mile stretch of road leading to their facility. Every year in late Spring or early Summer there is a day set aside for this project. The youth spent time talking with Woodsbend staff about the importance of taking pride in one’s community and the valuable contribution that they are offering to people who live in the Woodsbend area. Great job to the Woodsbend youth and staff!

The day is finally here, and the DJJ Team is ready for a day full of football, food, and fun. Let the games begin! #KYDJJ #DJJOnTheRoad

From the Richard Ross series - Sentenced to Life Without Parole As a Juvenile: Terrence Graham "I grew up with two crack-addicted parents. At home there was only Doritos and spoiled milk or government cheese in the refrigerator," says now 30 year old Graham. // Listen now:

‪We are constantly striving for success when seeking to improve the lives of Kentucky’s youth. #WeAreKY #KYDJJ ‬

We had a great first day at the #DJJTransitionSummit! It was extremely informative, and it was a chance for staff from all over the Commonwealth to meet up. We would like to give a special thank you to Troy Kemp from the National Center for the Development of Boys for educating our staff on ways to better work with young men in our facilities.

This past week the DJJ Team had the privilege of joining our Mayfield Youth Development Center in a fun field day celebration. The staff at Mayfield have been doing amazing work that is definitely worth celebrating. A 100% ACA Re-Accreditation score, staff and youth birthdays, and some pretty tasty barbecue made for a great day. Thank you to Superintendent Larry Jackson for his incredible leadership and all of the staff members at Mayfield who diligently serve Kentucky youth every day.