DJJ's latest official Transformation Report recently submitted to the Virginia General Assembly contains promising information that I am excited to share. Three years after launching our transformation effort, the number of youth entering Virginia’s juvenile court system in 2019 continued its steady downward trend, and the one-year rearrest rate for first-time diversions, probation placements, and direct care releases (combined) has gone down from 25.1 percent in FY 2014 to 21.2 percent in FY 2018. This means that there were 850 fewer system-involved youth being arrested.
Additional highlights from the report include the following trends from FY 2010 and FY 2019:
We have done this by safely diverting more cases at the front of the system, responding to the higher risk youth placed on probation or committed with an expanding continuum of services, and making sure that the services are evidence-based and . . .