Oversight by the Mayor of the District of Columbia
The Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM) works to ensure that DYRS is abiding by federal and District laws, regulations, and policies. Each quarter, DYRS submits to EOM a report on the agency’s performance with respect to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). DYRS also regularly responds to information requests from EOM and works closely with EOM representatives to improve performance.
Oversight by the Council of the District of Columbia
DYRS is subject to oversight by the Council of the District of Columbia. DYRS falls under the jurisdiction of the Committee on Human Services, chaired by Councilmember Jim Graham, which holds regular public hearings related to DYRS performance and operations. DYRS routinely makes reports to the Committee and responds to information requests from Councilmembers. Members of the Committee on Human Services are also able to review the files of individual youth.
Compliance Inspections by District Oversight Bodies
The agency’s secure facilities and community-based residential facilities (CBRFs) are regularly inspected to ensure compliance with the federal Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). These inspections are conducted by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) and Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG), which are local organizations that provide independent oversight over juvenile justice operations in the District.
Assessment and Validation by Industry Experts
DYRS regularly seeks to have its work assessed and validated by outside juvenile justice and other industry experts. Examples of this include validation of the agency’s Structured Decision Making (SDM) risk-assessment tool by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) and the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), and accreditation of the Maya Angelou Academy at New Beginnings by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Security upgrades at New Beginnings were also approved by the DC Department of General Services and validated as compliant under American Standard for Testing and Materials requirements.