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 of Columbia in one of the following circumstances:
- Youth who are detained in a DYRS facility while awaiting adjudication.
- Youth who are committed to DYRS by a DC Family Court judge following adjudication.
Youth can be initially committed to the agency until age 18 and may remain in the care of DYRS until the age of 21. The agency provides comprehensive support services to committed youth in our secure facilities as well as within the community. DYRS is designed to help young people get on the right track and successfully transition into adulthood.
DYRS works with fellow District agencies, community partners, and juvenile justice experts to achieve these goals. We collaborate to implement innovative, research-based models that align with best practices in the juvenile justice and youth development fields.
Within the District Government
Part of the District government's Public Safety and Justice cluster, DYRS reports to the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice.
Legislatively, DYRS reports to the Committee on Recreation and Youth Affairs that is part of the Council of the District of Columbia.