Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

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Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is a state agency of Georgia, United States, headquartered in Avondale Estates, near Decatur and in Greater Atlanta.[1][2] The agency operates juvenile correctional facilities.

The department was under federal oversight for 11 years after the U.S. Justice Department investigated reports of overcrowding and abuse. In 2009 the U.S. Department of Justice ended oversight of the DJJ.[3]

Facilities[edit]

The DJJ operates six youth development campuses (YDCs), which house children sentenced to or committed to the DJJ by juvenile courts. The DJJ also operates 22 regional youth detention centers (RYDCs), which house children awaiting trial in a juvenile or superior court or awaiting placement into another facility.[4] Both types of facilities are grouped into four regions: northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest.[5]

Youth development campuses[edit]

The youth development campuses include:[6]

  • Augusta Youth Development Campus (Augusta)
  • Eastman Youth Development Campus (Dodge County, partially in Eastman, partially in an unincorporated area)[7]
  • Macon Youth Development Campus (Unincorporated Bibb County)
  • Muscogee Youth Development Campus (Columbus)
  • Savannah River Challenge Program (Unincorporated Screven County)
  • Sumter Youth Development Campus (Unincorporated Sumter County)

Macon, which opened in 1970, is all girls and the only YDC facility for girls in the DJJ.[8]

Regional youth detention centers[edit]

A youth is assigned to regional youth detention centers according to the county of offense and that county's catchment area.[9] The RYDCs include:[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact." Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. Retrieved on August 8, 2010. "3408 Covington Highway Decatur,Georgia 30032"
  2. ^ "Official Zoning Map[permanent dead link]." City of Avondale Estates. Retrieved on August 8, 2010.
  3. ^ "GA Dept. of Juvenile Justice No Longer Watched By U.S." WSAV-TV. Retrieved on August 8, 2010.
  4. ^ "Facilities & Programs Overview." Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. Retrieved on August 8, 2010.
  5. ^ "Youth Development Campuses & Regional Youth Detention Centers by Region." Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. Retrieved on August 8, 2010.
  6. ^ "YDCs." Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. Retrieved on August 8, 2010.
  7. ^ "Eastman city, Georgia." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 8, 2010.
  8. ^ "Macon Youth Development Campus." Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. Retrieved on December 14, 2015.
  9. ^ "Regional Youth Detention Center Catchment Areas." Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. Retrieved on August 8, 2010.
  10. ^ "RYDCs." Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. Retrieved on August 8, 2010.

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