• 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. We do this with the goal of improving services, expanding the use of programs that are proven to be successful, and supporting the end of outdated and ineffective practices in juvenile justice. Below is a listing of the major initiatives that DYS is participating in.

  • History of Youth Services

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts created the nation's first juvenile correctional system in 1846 when...
  • Contact Numbers for Central & Regional Offices

    In addition to its Central Office located in Boston, DYS operates five additional regional offices. Addresses and phone number for these...