Director's Message -- April 1, 2021

It’s not an anniversary observance I ever thought I would write about, nor do I hope to again. But we now somberly realize that it has been one year since we announced our first COVID 19 case with an employee on April 1, 2020, and the first youth on April 5.

While no one will look back on the year fondly, it is nonetheless entirely appropriate for us to remember and to thank everyone on the DJJ team for performing heroically during what could be for many the most challenging 12 months of their careers.

With so many unknowns swirling around us, DJJ staff continued to care for the youth and families, and each other. They met and overcame obstacles they have never encountered before with grace, creativity and professionalism.

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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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