Director's Message:
Transformation Progress Report -- 8/13/18

I am pleased to report that, as we wind down the fourth year of our transformation, the dedicated and talented men and women of DJJ continue to strengthen lives, and strengthen our system, on a number of fronts. Below is a brief overview of some of the highlights to date in each of our core transformation strategies.

REDUCE:

We have focused throughout our transformation on safely reducing our use of Juvenile Correctional Centers (JCCs) for youth in our system. As of July 2018, we had a total of 210 youth at Bon Air and 331 in direct care overall. This compares favorably to the already low numbers of 231 youth who were at Bon Air a year ago and the 347 youth who were in direct care. While the pace of decline has slowed over the last two years, the measures we have put in place including the expansion of the Community Placement Program (CPP), the revised length of stay guidelines, expansion of a statewide continuum of services and supports, and ongoing probation reforms will, we are confident, continue to safely ...

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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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