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Director's Message -- February 12, 2021

I am pleased to announce a new initiative for the Department of Juvenile Justice. DJJ, in partnership with the University of Virginia School of Law, will be undertaking a project to research and provide guidance on strategies to strengthen and address gaps in gender responsive treatment services for our female population for both community based and residential services. We hope that through this initiative we will create change in the way services are provided to adolescent female offenders and girls in high risk situations across the state.

Andy Block, former DJJ Director and current Director of the State and Local Government Law Clinic at UVA, has offered the services of the clinic and will lead this effort for the University. We believe that the needs of girls must be addressed in a developmentally appropriate manner and reduce involvement so only those who pose a serious threat to public safety move deeper . . .

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DJJ Family Engagement

We know that having your child involved in the juvenile justice system is probably stressful and difficult for you and them. During their time under our supervision or custody we want you to know that DJJ is committed to fostering consistent communication between you, your child, and DJJ staff. This communication and partnership is vital to getting your young person back on the right track and on with their life.

We want to be a resource for you during this challenging time, and support your efforts to continue to serve as a resource for your child, whether they are still at home or placed elsewhere. Clicking on the links below will help you understand more about our system and expectations, and give you more tools to help you through this process.

DJJ Resources

The more we know about the youth we serve, the more effective we can be in providing services and support that will make them successful. DJJ’s Legislative and Research Department designs and coordinates a wide variety of reports, executed via an exhaustive examination of available data and a thorough review of the most up-to-date literature and best practices in the juvenile justice field.