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Director's Message -- July 30, 2020

In my last Director's Message, I reported that two residents of Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center had escaped the facility in the early morning hours of Monday, July 13. In addition, two Bon Air employees were subsequently arrested for their alleged involvement in the escape. I am pleased to report that the escapees were captured July 25 and returned to justice. First and foremost, we wish to thank the Virginia State Police, the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI, the Michigan Law Enforcement agencies and all who were involved in the safe apprehension of the two individuals who escaped. We also continue to cooperate fully with the Virginia State Police in their ongoing investigation in connection with this incident. All of the dedicated professionals committed to the rehabilitation of the youth in our care at Bon Air join me in hoping that investigators will get to the bottom of this incident so that appropriate action may be taken, and all those involved will be held accountable. The two individuals charged with acts that compromised the well-being of other employees as well as the public at large are not representative of the Bon Air team, and are no longer employed by the agency.

I have ordered a complete security analysis of the Bon Air campus in the wake of the escapes. Our DJJ investigators and Residential Services management team are conducting internal reviews, and . . .

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