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Missouri Division of Youth Services

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The Missouri Division of Youth Services (DYS) is a state agency of Missouri that operates juvenile correctional facilities. A division of the Missouri Department of Social Services, DYS has its headquarters in Jefferson City. The Division divides the state into several regions and operates facilities and offices in each region.[1]


Circa the 1970s Missouri began shifting its juvenile corrections into a system that emphasizes smaller secure centers and with less emphasis on punishment. By 2006 many states were trying to copy Missouri's system.[2]


DYS facilities include:[3][4]

  • Babler Lodge - Wildwood Shut down August 2020
  • Camp Avery Park Camp - Troy
  • Community Learning Center- Springfield
  • Datema House - Springfield
  • Fulton Treatment Center - Fulton
  • Gentry Residential Treatment Center - Cabool
  • Girardot Center for Youth and Families Cape Girardeau, Missouri
  • Green Gables Lodge Treatment Center - Mack's Creek
  • Hillsboro Treatment Center - Hillsboro
  • Hogan Street Regional Youth Center - St. Louis
  • Langsford House Youth Center - Lee's Summit
  • Missouri Hills Youth Center - St. Louis
  • Montgomery City Youth Center - Montgomery City - Built 1998[5] Closed August 2020
  • Mount Vernon Treatment Center - Mount Vernon
  • New Madrid Bend Youth Center - New Madrid
  • Northeast Community Treatment Center - Mexico Closed about 2016
  • Northwest Regional Youth Center - Kansas City
  • Rich Hill Youth Development Center - Rich Hill
  • Riverbend Treatment Center - St. Joseph
  • W. E. Sears Youth Center - Poplar Bluff - Opened in 1962[6]
  • Sierra-Osage Treament Center - Poplar Bluff
  • Watkins Mill Park Camp - Lawson - Opened in 1964[6]
  • Waverly Regional Youth Center - Waverly[7]

Girls' centers:

  • Rosa Parks Center - Fulton - A center for incarcerated girls, it is a former university dormitory,[8] located at William Woods University. It holds 10-12 girls at a time.[9] WWU students are involved with the center.[10]
    • DYS and WWU agreed to the joint project in 2000, and the center opened in January 2001 and shut down due to lack of state funding in August 2020.[10]
  • Wilson’s Creek - Springfield

Former facilities

  • Missouri Training School for Boys - Boonville
    • It opened in 1889.[6] Its peak inmate population was 650. In 1938 it had been called[who?] the worst juvenile facility in the United States.[11] By 1948 violent prisoners had killed two boys. As a result, Governor of Missouri Phil M. Donnelly removed 71 prisoners from the training school and relocated them to an adult prison. He dismissed the board of the State Board for Training Schools, the juvenile correctional authority.[6] It closed in 1983.[12]
  • Missouri Training School for Girls - Chillicothe
    • It opened in 1889,[6] and closed in 1981.[12]
  • Missouri Training School for Negro Girls - Tipton - Opened in 1926, closed in 1956 and consolidated into the school in Chillicothe.[6]

Rosa Parks Center in Fulton was closed in July 2020. Montgomery City Youth Center was shut down in August 2020. Babler Lodge was shut down in August 2020. Northeast Community Treatment Center was closed around 2016.


  1. ^ "Contact DSS." Missouri Department of Social Services. Retrieved on June 3, 2010. "Division of Youth Services 3418 Knipp, Suite A-1 P.O. Box 447 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0447"
  2. ^ Perlman, Ellen. "A Looser Lockup" (Archive). Governing. January 2006. Retrieved on December 23, 2015.
  3. ^ "Institutional Operations Facilities List." Missouri Office of Administration. Retrieved on December 23, 2015.
  4. ^ "Facility List." Missouri Office of Administration. Retrieved on December 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "Montgomery City Youth Center" (Archive). State of Missouri Office of Administration. Retrieved on December 19, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Annual Report Fiscal Year 2014" (Archive). Missouri Division of Youth Services. Retrieved on December 19, 2015. p. 32.
  7. ^ Diaz, Joseph. "Missouri Sets New Standard for Juvenile Detention " (Archive). ABC News. September 9, 2009. Retrieved on December 19, 2015.
  8. ^ Charton, Scott. "Missouri juvenile justice practices praised, and copied" (Archive). Associated Press. Monday March 7, 2005. Retrieved on December 23, 2015.
  9. ^ "House Resolution No. 4910" (Archive). Missouri House of Representatives. Retrieved on December 23, 2015.
  10. ^ a b "William Woods University (Fulton, MO) Rosa Parks Center" (). The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). Retrieved on December 23, 2015.
  11. ^ "Our History" (Archive). The Missouri Approach, Missouri Division of Youth Services. Retrieved on December 23, 2015.
  12. ^ a b "Annual Report Fiscal Year 2014" (Archive). Missouri Division of Youth Services. Retrieved on December 19, 2015. p. 34.

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