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Oakley Youth Development Center
Last updated on October 1, 2014


The mission of the Division of Youth Services and Oakley Youth Development Center is to provide leadership for change to youth, family units, and communities in Mississippi. It operates by creating legitimated alternative pathways to adulthood through equal access to services that are least intrusive, culturally sensitive, and consistent with the highest professional standards.

Oakley Youth Development Center has been providing services to youth ranging from 10-17 years old since 1942. Oakley has “at-risk” youth from a diverse population where both boys and girls on our campus have been involved with the juvenile justice system. As a result, they in turn benefit from our educational, medical, rehabilitative, and recreational services. Some examples of these services we offer youth include class credit recovery, job interest assessments, character development, library services, vocational training (such as carpentry, small engine repair, welding, etc.), and G.E.D. and A.C.T. preparation and testing to name a few.

In 1923, Mrs. Bertha Johnson offered a resolution that the State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs (MSFCW) establish a home for delinquent youth. At that time, delinquent African-American youth were sent to county farms and state prisons with hardened criminals.
The diligent work of this organization from 1930-1940 with the Mississippi State Legislature resulted in a bill being passed to establish Oakley Training School. The 1940 legislature approved the home, but funding was not provided until 1942.
Oakley is the states only juvenile correctional facility. Originally conceived as a home for delinquent African American boys, Oakley now houses boys and girls, as young as 10, of all races, who have been committed by the Youth Court System.
Our facility has undergone numerous changes in the past 61 years. Most recently we have constructed a new 'all in one' unit. This unit is self contained and houses educational, recreational and residential sections.
Beginning July 1, 2011, the facility underwent a name change to Oakley Youth Development Center.

Contact people:
 George Miles, Volunteer Services Coordinator, (phone), (email)
Charlotte Burrell, Program Director, (phone), (email)

Main office number: (601) 857-7703
Office fax number: (601) 857-8682

 2375 Oakley Rd.
Raymond, MS 39154
This location is handicap accessible
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/dys_instit.html


 From Jackson take I20 West to Hwy 18. Follow the signs toward Raymond. Stay on 18. Once the 4 lane goes to 2 lane you will travel approximately 4 miles until you see a sign readig "Oakley Training School" on the right. Turn right onto Oakley Road. This road is very curvy and is travelled by farm implements so use caution. After approximately 3 miles you will come to the facility. Turn left (another sign points left) and travel along the outer fence. Turn into the facility at the next right. When you get to the guard gate stop and follow the directions and instructions of the guard.
Last updated on October 1, 2014

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