DJJ, DMV Partner To Provide IDs For Court-Involved Youth

DMV team and DJJ team

At left, the DMV team, starting clockwise from left: Felicia Dowtin-Bailey, Kimberly Rawlins, Judith Atwell. At right, the CSU 4--Norfolk team, starting clockwise from right: Parole Supervisor John Zamora, Reentry Advocate Kecia Brothers Hayes, Reentry Program Coordinator Melissa Smith, CSU 4 Deputy Director Tim Prioleau.

DJJ's 4th District Court Service Unit (CSU) in Norfolk recently partnered with DJJ's Reentry Unit and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to provide personal identification cards to court-involved youth to help them with employment and their personal needs in the community. The event, held at CSU 4's Janaf field office, marked the first exclusive partnership between DJJ and the DMV to address this need.

The event was a success and the nine families who participated said they were grateful for the convenience and for the cost-savings provided by DJJ. Youths were able to obtain an ID free of charge, thus removing a barrier for youth and families who may have not had the funds available to cover the standard costs.

DJJ Eastern Region Reentry Advocate Kecia Brothers Hayes planned and coordinated the event, along with the support of CSU 4 staff and Eastern Region Program Manager Michael Morton. Another similar event is planned at the same location on July 25-26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Youths wishing to participate can make an appointment by contacting Ms. Brothers Hayes at kecia.brothershayes@djj.virginia.gov.

DMV Employee working with youth with Melissa and Tim
Youth gets ID photo taken