As part of its efforts towards transformation, DJJ has been participating actively in an interagency Task Force on Juvenile Correctional Centers (Task Force), charged with considering the future capital and operational requirements for Virginia’s juvenile correctional centers. The Task Force was established through legislation from the 2016 General Assembly Session and is comprised of the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security and representatives of DJJ, the Departments of Corrections and Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and the Office of Children’s Services. The Task Force will present an interim report to the Governor and other key elected and appointed officials by November 1, 2016, with a final report by July 15, 2017.
I am excited to represent DJJ on this Task Force and to contribute to the important conversations we will have in the months ahead. I look forward to highlighting the progress DJJ has made in its transformation efforts as the Task Force considers such critical issues as: the projected population of state-responsible juvenile offenders; the level and type of services that will be provided; the suitability of alternative housing models in the JCCs; and the number and geographical location of facilities across the Commonwealth.