The Dual Jurisdiction Program is a blended sentencing option in which a juvenile and adult sentence is simultaneously imposed with the execution of the adult sentence suspended.

To be considered for the Dual Jurisdiction Program, youth must meet the following requirements:

  • Under the age of 17 years and 6 months
  • Transferred to a Court of general jurisdiction
  • Prosecution results in a conviction or a guilty plea

Prior to the youth’s sentencing, the Court shall order the Division of Youth Services to evaluate the youth to determine amenability and appropriateness for long-term, individualized comprehensive programming in a DYS facility.

The treatment and education components within the facility consist of:

  • Group counseling
  • Individual counseling
  • Education services
  • Vocational preparation
  • Life Skills

Treatment for youth enrolled in the Dual Jurisdiction Program emphasizes:

  • Trauma-informed approach identifying past trauma and how it correlates to behaviors
  • Development of effective communication and problem-solving skills
  • Recognition of thinking patterns and how they affect decision-making
  • Restorative justice and victim empathy

Contact Us

For additional information regarding the DYS Dual Jurisdiction program, please contact:
Missouri Division of Youth Services
Dual Jurisdiction Program
PO Box 447
Jefferson City, MO 65102-3324
(573) 751-3324