Year's End Director's Message -- Dec. 21, 2018

In November, DJJ submitted its third Transformation Update to the General Assembly. I am pleased to say that thanks to ongoing focus and hard work of our staff, this report documents the continued progress of our transformation. Below are some of the highlights:

  • We reached all-time lows in several key areas, with significant declines since we started our transformation in 2015:
    • Juvenile intake cases (down 10.7%)
    • New probation cases (down 30.1%, with average daily population of probation cases down 38.9%.)
    • Detainments (down 20.2%)
    • Detention-eligible intake cases (down 17%).
  • We raised the Standards of Learning (SOL) test pass rate every year since FY 2015 for youth in DJJ’s Yvonne B. Miller High School, and brought the percentage of eligible seniors earning standard diplomas and other graduation credentials to record levels.
  • We brought our special education services into legal compliance. In the 2015-16 school year, a Virginia Department of Education audit found 52 compliance violations; by March 2017, the audit found only three.

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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.

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