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OYA at a Glance

Learn about OYA's mission and role in the juvenile justice system along with a quick look at how OYA and the other components of the juvenile justice system work together toward helping youth become crime-free, productive members of their communities.

OYA at a Glance

Quick Facts

OYA's Quick Facts provide not only an overview of youth demographics in both community programs and close custody, but also information on social characteristics of OYA youth, close custody capacity, length of stay, and budget and employment statistics.

Current Quick Facts

OYA Research

Below are several of the major research reports produced by OYA's research team. For questions about our research, or to obtain full reports on these topics, contact research manager Mark A. Greenwald,, 503-509-3227.

OYA's Research and Ev​aluation Unit compiles and analyzes data on recidivism rates of various cohorts of OYA youth. 

Tracking recidivism supports the OYA’s mission by measuring the extent to which agency services have been able to protect the public. In addition, reporting the recidivism measure reflects the agency’s values of excellence in public service, openness, and accountability to the public. 

OYA uses data, research, and analytics to inform our decisions on how to deliver the right services to the right youth for the right amount of time.

OYA researchers have developed and implemented several tools aimed at improving youth outcomes. The tools give juvenile justice professionals access to more accurate and timely data about the risks, needs, and treatment progress for every youth in OYA custody.

This data does not replace OYA or county caseworkers’ professional judgment — it is another tool to help them make better-informed decisions as they determine the right services for youth.

The Feeder System to OYA is a significant research study that is part of the Community Context component of the Youth Reformation System. The Feeder System uses data from juvenile justice and other collaborating agencies in the social service continuum to determine the individual, ​family, and service characteristics that predict the likelihood of criminal justice system involvement. Each of the following research reports and briefs address one of the primary questions driving Feeder System research. Single-page summaries of each report are available upon request from the author. 

Research Question 1: Are there opportunities to intervene in the lives of at-risk individuals and prevent later involvement in the justice system?

Research Question 2: G​iven the opp​​​ortunities for prevention, which agencies and/or client populations are the best targets for intervention?

​Research Question 3: ​​What are the individual and family characteristics and service utilization patterns associated with increased risk of justice system involvement?

JJIS Annual Reports

The Juvenile Justice Information System (JJIS) Steering Committee publishes a series of annual reports prepared by the JJIS Data and Evaluation Committee, the JJIS Reports Team, and the Oregon Youth Authority's Research and Evaluation Unit. 
The intent of these reports is to aid in the overall planning, development, and evaluation of programs designed to reduce juvenile crime.

JJIS Annual Reports

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