The 13th District Court Service Unit is dedicated to system improvement that will contribute to significant reductions in youthful offender recidivism. The CSU and other key treatment providers have made system-wide changes to include evidence based practices and programs. Probation Officers facilitate Aggression Replacement Therapy and Thinking for a Change groups. Probation and parole supervision is guided by Effective Practices in Community Supervision. Probation Officers perform cognitive behavioral interventions with juvenile offenders. Treatment providers are required to offer cognitive behavior treatment. Our Court Service Unit strives to reduce offender recidivism through evidence based practices, system collaboration, objective assessment of offenders, CBT programming, and enhanced quality assurance.
The Thirteenth District Court Service Unit offers field placement opportunities for undergraduate students. While most student interns have come from Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Union University, we have provided placements for students attending Longwood University, Virginia State University and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. Students are exposed to all areas of the juvenile justice experience, including intake processing, diversion, investigations (social history preparation), probation case management, parole planning (direct care and community) and psychological services. Formal training and on site orientation is provided, and students are supervised by experienced probation staff and supervisors.
All students and/or volunteers considered for placement will undergo a thorough background investigation including driving record after a formal interview and submission of a volunteer application. Student interns are expected to commit to at least one full semester and be available for fourteen to twenty hours per week.
The Thirteenth District Court Service Unit has offices in the Oliver Hill Courts Building and the Southside Community Services Center. While geographical preference may be considered, assignments are always made on the basis of need.
For additional information please call (804)646-2901 and ask to speak with the Volunteer Coordinator.