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Juvenile Justice

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The Division of Juvenile Justice serves youth who have been committed to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS) by the juvenile courts for delinquent offenses.

The department offers a range of services to juvenile justice youth from probation and supervision to secure residential placements.

DCS also operates three hardware-secure Youth Development Centers (YDCs) for male youth. The centers are accredited by the American Correctional Association. The Division of Juvenile Justice is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the facilities while providing treatment and rehabilitation to male youth committed to state custody by the juvenile courts.

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