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:

  • adopting a culture focused on positive development for youth and staff (we call it Positive Human Development, or PHD);
  • using data to help match youth with the right services at the right time for the right amount of time (our Youth Reformation System, or YRS); and
  • aligning the physical spaces we manage with the principles of Positive Human Development while addressing deferred maintenance needs (in accord with our 10-Year Plan for Facilities).