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 . . .