detention reentry

Detention Reentry

Some JDCs provide detention reentry programs for juveniles in direct care, allowing them to begin transitioning back to their communities 30 to 120 days before their scheduled release date. Similar to CPPs, the programs facilitate increased visitation with families and allow for the initiation of services for parole planning with the assigned parole officers. The objectives of the program are to prepare residents for progressively increased responsibility and freedom, bridge services between the JCC and the community, facilitate increased family engagement, and establish relationships with targeted community support systems. These objectives are met by developing an individualized case plan, via the comprehensive reentry case plan, that incorporates family and community involvement. Juveniles in detention reentry are housed with the rest of the JDC population instead of in a separate unit. The following JDCs operate detention reentry programs: Blue Ridge, Chesapeake, Chesterfield, Crater, Lynchburg, Merrimac, Newport News, Norfolk, Rappahannock, Richmond, Shenandoah, and Virginia Beach.

The Detention Reentry Program will provide residents an option for transitioning from a Juvenile Correctional Center (JCC) to a local detention facility in close proximity to their home community from 30 to 120 days prior to discharge from commitment onto parole. The goal of the program is to establish connections with communities and families. The focus of detention reentry is to prepare youth for progressively increased responsibility and freedom, facilitate family interaction and involvement, and establish relationships and begin work with the offender and targeted community support systems.

Offenders who:

  1. Are within 30 – 120 days of release from direct care
  2. Have completed any mandatory treatment needs; Offenders not having completed their recommended treatment needs will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
  3. Have attained JCC classification Level III or above
  4. While in secure care, have no Moderate Offenses for at least 30 days
  5. While in secure care, have no Major Offenses for at least 90 days
  6. Have no escape or AWOL history while in secure setting

Yes; however, the process for their eligibility review is slightly different.

  1. Serious Offenders – case must be reviewed by the Judge, and the Judge agrees to the transfer to the detention facility and release within 120 days
  2. Major Offenders – must be approved for release by the DJJ Director and directed to transfer to the detention reentry program

The parole officer serves as the primary case manager while the youth is in placement at the detention facility.

The process may begin at the time of commitment, or at any time during incarceration; however, a good benchmark date is 120 days prior to the youth’s Early Release Date.

The detention facility will provide the following:

  1. Room and Board
  2. Daily Supervision
  3. Basic Services (including education, recreation, employability and independent living skills training, etc.)
  4. Routine basic medical services
  5. Transportation
  6. Surveillance and Monitoring while away from the facility
  7. Visitation

This is not an exhaustive list.

Any 294 approved vendors may be used provided that they will continue providing services once the juvenile is back in the community. The goal is continuity for the youth.

Any 294 approved vendors may be used provided that they will continue providing services once the juvenile is back in the community. The goal is continuity for the youth.

For routine, non-overnight outings (i.e., employment, job interviews, community-based services), “blanket” approval may be obtained through the RDC case manager who will take it through the DJJ case management review process (CCRC). If appropriate, parents may be considered for providing transportation, and that approval must be obtained through CCRC, via the RDC case manager. It is best to determine what community-based outings will be taking place and transportation logistics as far in advance as possible to obtain appropriate approvals and allow the juvenile to fully benefit from the program.

Any overnight outings (furloughs) must be individually approved by CCRC via the RDC case manager with the parole officer’s approval.

In order to plan accordingly for both routine and overnight outings, requests should be made about 2 weeks in advance. RDC case managers must have the requests in no later than Wednesday prior to the Thursday ICRC meetings. CCRC then meets on the following Tuesday.

The parole officer will coordinate with the RDC Case Manager to confirm release date. RDC Case Manager will prepare the release certification.

Contact Info

Angela Valentine
Chief Deputy Director
(804) 625-3397
Angela.Valentine@djj.virginia.gov