Oregon Youth Authority

Present Duties

Oregon Youth Authority office
A building in downtown Salem houses the leased central offices of the Oregon Youth Authority. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
Established by the 1995 Legislature, the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) protects the public and reduces crime by holding youth accountable for their behavior and providing opportunities for reformation in safe environments.
OYA provides treatment, education and job training services to youths aged 12 to 25. OYA exercises legal and physical custody over youths who commit offenses between the ages of 12 and 18 and have been committed to OYA by county juvenile courts, and physical custody over youths sentenced as adults to the legal custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections, but placed with OYA due to their young age.
OYA employs approximately 1,000 people throughout Oregon with central offices in Salem; provides probation and parole services in all 36 counties in Oregon; operates nine close-custody facilities; and contracts with a range of residential treatment providers and foster parents to ensure youth receive the most appropriate combination of placement, treatment and other services needed to leave OYA’s custody ready to lead productive, crime-free lives.

Agency Website​

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 530 Center St. NE, Suite 500, Salem 97301-3765
Telephone: 503-373-7205
Fax: 503-373-7622
Contact: Joseph O'Leary, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator: See Contact List for Youth Authority​
Records Officer Email: Karen Burnett
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 419A, 419C, 420, 420A

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