About the Department of Juvenile Services

The Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) is an executive agency whose primary task is to appropriately manage, supervise and treat youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system in Maryland.

DJS is involved in nearly every stage of the juvenile justice process from the moment a youth is brought into a juvenile intake center by the police or as a result of a citizen complaint to the time when a youth returns to the community after completing treatment.

History of Juvenile Justice in the U.S. and Maryland - The modern juvenile justice system traces its beginnings to the early 1800s when reforms were made throughout the U.S. to stop punishing children like adults and focus, instead, on rehabilitation.

Role of DJS in Maryland's Juvenile Justice System - DJS plays a critical role in Maryland's Juvenile Justice System alongside law enforcement, the courts, attorneys, and service providers.

DJS's Organizational Structure - DJS is organized into three main offices: the Office of the Secretary, Operations and Support Services. Advisory boards, which are comprised of independent citizens, make recommendations to help improve DJS's effectiveness.