The below post was taken from the corrections field in the Parole Office Exam Thread. It is some conversation around the role of DYS. I thought it may get better feed back over here. Curious to get response from actuall DYS Caseworkers. Quote: Originally Posted by Varanus224 I work in the Juvenille System and mostly i believe when realeased the kids sign a grant of conditional liberty saying they mess up they come back again... i beleive it then goes to whatever PROBATION dept within the juvenilles county and probation would aprhend on the report of the DYS case worker. In our great commonwealth many of the case workers positions are outsourced to private agencies and the caseworker position is more of a social worker postion. The way the DYS system works virtually cuts out the need for P.O.'s. Your either dtained temporarily up until court or committed untill 18. Very few cases fall in the middle. Another great move in this state is to make a juvenille criminal offender DSS's problem and sadly you see alot of cases that should be forensic status being handled at a clinical/welfare level by DSS all and all not a pretty system and its lack of teeth is the reason were seing the flux in juvie crime After looking into this more, it seems as though your info is only partly right. When a kid is "committed" to DYS, they are in the physical custody of DYS (parents still have legal custody) until the age of either 18 or 21 (21 if indicted as a youthful offender). The day the court commits them they are sent off to an assessment unit to be classified. Once classified they are sent to a DYS facility (some secure, some non-secure) to complete their sentences. After the time assignment is completed the juvenile is then paroled and supervised by the DYS Caseworker (who is the juvenile equivalent of a parole officer). The kids release is conditional and therefore they must sign the Grant of Conditional Liberty. If these conditions are violated, it is the DYS Caseworkers job to issue a warrant and bring them into custody. They are brought in for a parole revocation hearing and then sent back to a facility for a period of time depending on the violation. Just to be clear, once committed to DYS the Probation Dept. has nothing to do with the case. Ownership is directly on DYS...it is as if the DOC and Parole Board merged, but for juveniles. In regards to DSS, they may be involved with a kid who is in DYS custody (because his/her parents are useless), but DYS handles the law enforcement side, and DSS would do the social work stuff. And you are right about the contracting with private agencies, but that is mainly to operate the treatment programs and do tracking services in the community. All Caseworkers are state employees. I might re-post this in the Juvenile Corrections Thread, as it makes sense for other DYS employees to way in on the subject.