§49-5E-2. Division created; transfer of functions; employment of comprehensive strategy.
(a) There is hereby created the division of juvenile services within the department of military affairs and public safety. The director shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate and shall be responsible for the control and supervision of each of its offices. The director may appoint deputy directors and assign them duties as may be necessary for the efficient management and operation of the division.

(b) The division of juvenile services shall consist of two subdivisions:

(1) The office of juvenile detention, which shall assume responsibility for operating and maintaining centers for the predispositional detention of juveniles, including juveniles who have been transferred to adult criminal jurisdiction under section ten, article five of this chapter and juveniles who are awaiting transfer to a juvenile corrections facility; and

(2) The office of juvenile corrections, which shall assume responsibility for operating and maintaining juvenile corrections facilities.

(c) Notwithstanding any provisions of this code to the contrary, whenever a juvenile is ordered into the custody of the division of juvenile services, the director shall have the authority to place the juvenile while he or she is in the division's custody at whichever facility operated by the division is deemed by the director to be most appropriate considering the juvenile's well-being and any recommendations of the court placing the juvenile in the division's custody.