Director's Message – May 23, 2016

As DJJ continues its journey toward increasing family engagement, we constantly look for ways to support families while their child is committed to one of DJJ’s facilities. We have heard from the youth in the Juvenile Correctional Centers (JCCs) and their families how frustrating it can be to want to visit your child but can’t due to distance and lack of resources.

I am excited to announce that this is no longer a barrier. On May 22, DJJ’s Transportation Program began transporting families from various points throughout the state to Beaumont and Bon Air JCCs at no cost to families. DJJ has partnered with Assisting Families of Inmates and James River and VanGo transportation companies to provide clean, modern transportation operated by professional, courteous drivers every other Sunday.

James River and VanGo will pick up from the following Court Service Units (CSUs): Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News, Hampton, Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico, Roanoke, Danville, Manassas and Woodbridge. You do not have to live in one of these areas, however: This opportunity is available for all families. To find out how to participate, families can contact their child’s probation officer. Click HERE for information on transportation serving your region.

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For DJJ Families . . .

We know that having your child involved in the juvenile justice system is probably stressful and difficult for you and them. During their time under our supervision or custody we want you to know that DJJ is committed to fostering consistent communication between you, your child, and DJJ staff. This communication and partnership is vital to getting your young person back on the right track and on with their life.

We want to be a resource for you during this challenging time, and support your efforts to continue to serve as a resource for your child, whether they are still at home or placed elsewhere. Clicking on the links below will help you understand more about our system and expectations, and give you more tools to help you through this process.

DJJ Resources . . .

The more we know about the youth we serve, the more effective we can be in providing services and support that will make them successful. DJJ’s Legislative and Research Department designs and coordinates a wide variety of reports, executed via an exhaustive examination of available data and a thorough review of the most up-to-date literature and best practices in the juvenile justice field.

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