The Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) is responsible for the supervision, custody, and care of young people charged with a delinquent act in the District in one of the following circumstances:
- Detained in a DYRS facility while awaiting adjudication.
- Committed to DYRS by a DC Family Court judge following adjudication.
Youth can be initially committed to the agency until the age of 18 and may remain in DYRS’ care until the age of 21. The agency provides comprehensive support services to committed youth, both in its secure facilities and within the community, and is designed to help young people get on the right track and successfully transition into adulthood.
DYRS works with other District agencies, community partners, and juvenile justice experts to implement innovative, research-based models that are in line with best practices in the juvenile justice and youth development fields.
Within City Government
DYRS is assigned to the District government’s Health and Human Services cluster and reports to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. Since DYRS serves a dual mission of youth development and public safety, the agency is also affiliated with many Public Safety and Justice cluster activities and initiatives under the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice.
Legislatively, DYRS reports to the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Human Services.