This blog provides news and information from Oregon Youth Authority, the state’s juvenile justice agency. We serve youth age 12 through 24 who have committed crimes before age 18 and cannot be served at the county level.

Stories here showcase the agency’s exemplary staff, youth, programs, and volunteers, and explain and support the agency’s efforts to enhance community safety by:

  • creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, and ensuring we meet the needs of all youth and communities, especially those who are marginalized;
  • adopting a culture focused on positive development for youth and staff (we call it Positive Human Development, or PHD);
  • using research, data, and professional judgment to inform decisions across the juvenile justice continuum to reduce crime and improve outcomes (our Youth Reformation System, or YRS).