Legislation and Research

The Legislation and Research Division (LARD) supports and manages DJJ’s legislative, policy, regulatory, research, data reporting, and strategic planning functions that include:

  • Serves as the agency point-of-contact for juvenile justice-related legislation during the General Assembly Session and throughout the year. Staff review, analyze, draft, and provide informational testimony regarding pertinent legislation in concert with direction from the Governor’s office.
  • Drafts and promulgates DJJ’s policies, administrative procedures, and standard operating procedures regarding agency operations and essential functions.
  • Coordinates the development, dissemination, and periodic review of juvenile justice regulations in accordance with the Administrative Process Act and Governor’s Executive Orders.
  • Oversees the design and coordination of routine and official reports, legislatively-mandated studies, collaborations with external partners and grants. These projects are executed via an exhaustive examination of available data points and a thorough review of modern literature and best practices regarding juvenile justice.
  • Oversees performance measures by tracking progress toward both long-term and short-term goals through effective program assessments and performance measures.
  • Works with agency executive staff and the Department of Planning and Budget on establishing and revising the agency’s strategic plan.

Contact Info

Janet Van Cuyk
Legislation and Research Manager
(804) 588-3879


Publications and Reports

Research Opportunities

Grant Information

FOIA Requests

Data Request Flow Chart

The Virginia Legislative Process

Glossary of Virginia's Juvenile Justice System