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Director's Message -- August 13, 2020

Summary of DJJ's SRO Complaints

Over the past years, there has been much debate and concern raised with regard to having law enforcement officers assigned to schools as school resource officers (SROs). Proponents of SROs, whose appearance in schools across the country coincided with high profile school shootings, believe they protect the school community from dangers both within and without. Those opposed to SROs say that their presence in schools has contributed to the disproportionate confinement of minority youth and that by arresting minority youth for minor offenses, it gives them a criminal record that will follow them the rest of their lives. Opponents suggest that police officers in schools are responsible for a "school to prison pipeline."

As we move into the General Assembly season, with police and criminal justice reform legislation possibly being introduced, media representatives and advocates have expressed considerable interest in Virginia’s data regarding complaints by SROs. In response to several requests, our Research and Data Units began collecting and analyzing DJJ’s data with regard to ...

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DJJ Family Engagement

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.

Additional Resources