Director's Message -- May 2, 2019

Words can't adequately express how humbled and honored I was when Gov. Ralph Northam appointed me to be the next director of DJJ. This opportunity is certainly not something I envisioned as I was attending a juvenile delinquency course at the University of Virginia many years ago. But that's when a light bulb went off in my head: I had finally discovered my career path of working with at-risk youth. My career has been a series of unexpected and richly rewarding turns that have provided me the opportunity to contribute in various ways, most recently as the Deputy Director of Community Programs. And now, after some soul-searching, I am ready to continue to lead DJJ on its incredible journey that began five years ago.

DJJ has become a learning organization that now knows much more about what works with court-involved youth. To improve public safety, to strengthen communities, and to help young people change their life trajectories, I always tell the people who work with me that our goal should be to ensure that the "Right Youth receive the Right Interventions at the Right Time!" While the goal sounds simple, making it happen each and every time a young person enters our system is more complicated...

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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.

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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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