Director's Message – August 29, 2016

All DJJ stakeholders, ranging from the youth and families we serve, Virginia taxpayers, and the DJJ employees who are making it happen can take a strong measure of pride in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s presentation at the Juvenile Correctional Center Task Force’s recent meeting. This report detailed the significant progress our agency has made in our transformation process since the Casey Foundation completed its first assessment of it in late 2014. While we realize that there is still a great deal of work to do before our transformation could be considered complete, this report nonetheless serves as a useful tool that allows us to step back and take stock of the amazing work of our staff and the truly positive changes that we are working together to make. A few report highlights:

  • “DJJ made remarkable progress on all three elements of its DJJ Transformation strategy: Reduce, Reform and Replace.”
  • “These gains are a testament to the dedication and professionalism of DJJ staff ….”
  • “DJJ has made smart, targeted reductions in the direct care population.”
  • “Reentry planning is being streamlined and enhanced, with families and youth themselves taking their rightful place at the center of that process.”
  • “The [youth] population in alternative placements has more than tripled.”
  • “Early indications are that implementation of the Community Treatment Model (in Beaumont and Bon Air) has been associated with improved safety, stronger relationships between residents and staff, and more frequent family visitation.”

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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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