The Policy and Legislation Unit is responsible for managing and directing DJJ’s work in the legislative and regulatory processes, certification and compliance programs, resident grievance process, and records requests.
Legislative and Regulatory Affairs supports and manages DJJ’s legislative, regulatory, and procedure functions, which include:
Certification conducts audits of programs and facilities regulated by the Department and the State Board of Juvenile Justice. The team inspects and monitors court service units, group homes, juvenile detention centers, and Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center to ensure that all programs and residential facilities comply with regulatory standards and that the conditions of placement or confinement are safe and secure. The team also provides technical assistance to programs and residential facilities to improve successfully functioning programs serving court-referred youth.
Rights and Accountability ensures that staff and residents’ rights are protected while at the same time striving to modify poor behavior through accountability measures. The team is staffed by Human Rights Coordinators, who operate independently from the juvenile correctional center to provide youth with an outlet for addressing concerns.
Records and Legal Support handles Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and other juvenile records requests, especially those in response to an attorney request or pursuant to a subpoena. The team is the primary contact regarding service of legal papers, such as lawsuits, subpoenas, or other legal notices. The team also serves as a liaison with the Office of the Attorney General, and receives questions of a policy or legal nature from the CSUs or CAP unit that may be sent out for referral.