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What’s New At DJJ

CSU 22’s Lori Cramton, left, and Constance Covington of Cardinal Village in Danville lead a “Pretty In Pink” session. DJJ nurses recently gathered at the Virginia Public Safety Training Center to receive updated information on medical department certification standards. New “VisuVisit” program allows families to visit with DJJ residents via a Skype-like video feed. From left: Culpeper JCC Superintendent Kathryn Dickerson, Janell Giles, quilting instructor Roy Mitchell. Patrice Crayton receives her badge from Capt. Russell Jennings at a recent Juvenile Correctional Officers class graduation at the Virginia Public Safety Training Center. University of Virginia Professor Andy Kaufman and one of his students teach a popular Russian literature course to residents at Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center.

“Pretty In Pink” Program Thriving in Danville

At-risk girls between the ages of 10-14 in Danville now have an empowering activity to participate in, thanks to Intake Diversion Specialist Lori Cramton of Court Service Unit 22—Rocky Mount. Ms. Cramton conceived of the “Pretty In Pink” program to provide girls a positive way to celebrate “what it means to be who we are as females.” First introduced last summer at Danville’s Cardinal Village, a low-income housing area, the program continues to thrive with the help of Cardinal Village Tenants Association President Constance Covington who leads participants in a variety of activities including fashion shows, nail spas and cheerleading clinics. “It’s both rewarding and necessary to be involved with youth on the front end in an effort to prevent future court involvement,” Cramton says.

DJJ Now On Facebook

DJJ now has a presence on Facebook, providing the agency another way to publicize the excellent services and programs it offers, and a platform for the agency’s Human Resources Department to post career opportunities with DJJ. Click on the link below to visit the page.

Nurses Attend Workshop To Learn About New/Updated Certification Standards

DJJ’s nurses recently gathered at the Virginia Public Safety Training Center to receive an update on standards for certification for medical departments. DJJ certification representatives Clarice Booker and Ken Bailey presented a review of all medical certification standards, including new standards and those that have recently changed. Attending the session, back row, from left: Stephanie Moy, Carlethia Dargan, Stephanie Christ, Rebekah Price, Garvey Dobbins, and Health Unit Director Mark Murphy. Front row, from left: Elizebeth Morse, Doris Hedrick, Lorraine Ross, Letitia Parson, Megan Cooper, Teresa Volosevich.

Residents’ Hidden Artistic Talents Revealed in “Expressions XXII” Art Exhibit

For the 22nd consecutive year, the “Expressions” art exhibit revealed artistic talents that youths incarcerated in DJJ facilities often never knew they had. This gallery shows a sampling of the approximately 100 works of art that were displayed in the Virginia General Assembly Building for a week in late February. Media included painting and drawing, tissue art, pyrography (woodburning), box painting, origami, graphic design, and quilting.