• About Us

    As the juvenile justice agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Department of Youth Services promotes positive change in the youth in our care and custody. Our mission is to make communities safer by improving the life outcomes for youth in our care...

  • National Initiatives and Best Practices

    The Massachusetts Department of Youth Services participates in various national initiatives that collect and use data to evaluate various aspects of juvenile justice program and service delivery models. 

  • History of Youth Services

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts created the nation's first juvenile correctional system in 1846 when...
  • DYS Reports & Resources

    The mission of the Department of Youth Services is to make communities safer by improving the life outcomes for each young person in our care and custody.

    The following list of Official Reports and Resources that detail the Department’s efforts and results as the juvenile justice agency for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.