ORS 420A.010¹
Creation and duties

(1) The Oregon Youth Authority is established. The youth authority shall:

(a) Supervise the management and administration of youth correction facilities, state parole and probation services, community out-of-home placement for youth offenders committed to its legal custody and other functions related to state programs for youth corrections;

(b) Provide capital improvements and capital construction necessary for the implementation of all youth correction facilities;

(c) Carry out dispositions of youth offenders committed to its legal custody;

(d) Exercise custody and supervision over those youth offenders committed to the youth authority by order of the juvenile court and persons placed in the physical custody of the youth authority under ORS 137.124 (Commitment of defendant to Department of Corrections or county) or other statute until the time that a lawful release authority authorizes release or terminates the commitment or placement;

(e) Provide adequate food, clothing, health and medical care, sanitation and security for confined youth offenders and others in youth authority custody;

(f) Provide youth offenders and others in youth authority custody with opportunities for self-improvement and work; and

(g) Conduct investigations and prepare reports for release authorities.

(2) To meet the individual circumstances of each person committed to its custody, the youth authority shall:

(a) Develop a flexible fee-for-service provider system that can respond quickly to each person’s identified and changing circumstances; and

(b) Develop a process for joint state and county review of contracts entered into under subsection (6)(b) of this section and paragraph (a) of this subsection based on:

(A) Measurable outcomes, which must include in dominant part the reduction of future criminal or antisocial conduct and which also must include:

(i) Academic progress;

(ii) Social adjustments;

(iii) Behavioral improvements;

(iv) Rearrests; and

(v) Other measurements as determined by the youth authority;

(B) Performance measurements including:

(i) Fiscal accountability;

(ii) Compliance with state and federal regulations;

(iii) Record keeping, including data collection and management; and

(iv) Reporting; and

(C) Provision of services identified under the reformation plan.

(3) In order to measure performance as required in subsection (2) of this section, the youth authority shall require parties to the contracts to compile, manage and exchange data to the extent of available information systems resources to facilitate the measurement of outcomes including, but not limited to, reduction in future criminal or antisocial conduct.

(4) The youth authority may administer a program of state assistance to counties for the construction and operation of local youth detention facilities or to purchase detention services.

(5) The youth authority shall accept and exercise legal or physical custody of youth offenders and others 12 years of age and over and under 25 years of age who are committed to, or placed with, the youth authority pursuant to:

(a) A juvenile court adjudication and disposition under ORS chapter 419C; or

(b) ORS 137.124 (Commitment of defendant to Department of Corrections or county).

(6)(a) The youth authority shall cooperate with and assist county governments and juvenile departments in carrying out the principles and purposes of the juvenile justice system as provided in ORS 419C.001 (Purposes of juvenile justice system in delinquency cases).

(b) The youth authority is authorized to contract with counties, groups of counties or private providers to administer juvenile corrections programs and services as provided in ORS 420.017 (Diversion plan), 420.019 (Implementation of diversion plan), 420A.145 (Regional youth accountability camps) and 420A.155 (Regional residential academies) (1) to (4).

(c) The youth authority may provide consultation services related to the juvenile justice system to local or statewide public or private agencies, groups and individuals or may initiate such consultation services. Consultation services include, but are not limited to, conducting studies and surveys, sponsoring or participating in educational programs and providing advice and assistance. Nothing in ORS 419C.001 (Purposes of juvenile justice system in delinquency cases) and 420A.005 (Definitions) to 420A.155 (Regional residential academies) is intended to diminish the state’s efforts to plan, evaluate and deliver effective human services programs to youth offenders, either in a youth correction facility or on probation or parole. Therefore, the Oregon Youth Authority and the Department of Human Services shall jointly develop and implement needed social and rehabilitative services.

(7) The youth authority is the recipient of all federal funds paid or to be paid to the state to enable the state to provide youth correction programs and services assigned to the Department of Human Services prior to January 1, 1996.

(8) The youth authority shall report its progress in implementing the provisions of chapter 422, Oregon Laws 1995, to the Legislative Assembly at each regular session.

(9) The equal access provisions of ORS 417.270 (Policy on equal access) apply to the youth authority’s development and administration of youth correction facilities, programs and services, including the development and implementation of the statewide diversion plan described in ORS 420.017 (Diversion plan).

(10) The youth authority shall:

(a) Be cognizant of and sensitive to the issue of overrepresentation of minority youth offenders in youth correction facilities;

(b) Endeavor to develop and operate, and require its subcontractors to develop and operate, culturally appropriate programs for youth offenders; and

(c) Keep data reflecting the ethnicity and gender of all youth offenders committed to its care.

(11) The youth authority is a designated agency as defined in ORS 181.010 (Definitions for ORS 181.010 to 181.560 and 181.715 to 181.730). [1995 c.422 §2; 1997 c.433 §7; 2003 c.396 §142]

Note: Legislative Counsel has substituted "chapter 422, Oregon Laws 1995," for the words "this Act" in section 2, chapter 422, Oregon Laws 1995, compiled as 420A.010 (Creation and duties). Specific ORS references have not been substituted pursuant to 173.160 (Powers and duties of Legislative Counsel in preparing editions for publication). These sections may be determined by referring to the 1995 Comparative Section Table located in Volume 20 of ORS.

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 420A—Oregon Youth Authority; Youth Correction Facilities, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­420a.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information