Director's Message – June 10, 2016

As part of its efforts towards transformation, DJJ has been participating actively in an interagency Task Force on Juvenile Correctional Centers (Task Force), charged with considering the future capital and operational requirements for Virginia’s juvenile correctional centers. The Task Force was established through legislation from the 2016 General Assembly Session and is comprised of the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security and representatives of DJJ, the Departments of Corrections and Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and the Office of Children’s Services. The Task Force will present an interim report to the Governor and other key elected and appointed officials by November 1, 2016, with a final report by July 15, 2017.

I am excited to represent DJJ on this Task Force and to contribute to the important conversations we will have in the months ahead. I look forward to highlighting the progress DJJ has made in its transformation efforts as the Task Force considers such critical issues as: the projected population of state-responsible juvenile offenders; the level and type of services that will be provided; the suitability of alternative housing models in the JCCs; and the number and geographical location of facilities across the Commonwealth.

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For DJJ Families . . .

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.

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