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April 23, 2021 –

On April 15, the Department of Juvenile Justice and Director Valerie Boykin were honored to receive the 2020-21 L. Douglas Wilder Excellence in Government Award in the Innovation in Government category. The award was given in recognition of positive outcomes for Virginia’s court-involved youth as a result of DJJ's transformation plan.

“[The] Transformation Plan touched virtually every aspect of the agency’s operation,” judges noted in bestowing the award. “Since its inception in 2014, DJJ’s Transformation Plan has yielded dramatic gains that have resulted in positive outcomes for the youth and families including an increased number of successful diversion and probation cases, a broader continuum of services available across the Commonwealth, a reduction in the number of youth incarcerated in state correctional centers, increased attainment in treatment and educational goals including high school graduation rates.”

“This recognition is the result of the great work that our dedicated employees, colleagues and partners have done over the past few years to introduce new practices, programs and services to court-involved youth and their families,” said Director Boykin. “While we understand that there is still much work to do, I believe all can take justifiable pride in what we have accomplished up to now. This high honor belongs to everyone within DJJ along with our many partners.”

Click on links below to view video shown at the virtual awards presentation, and a special presentation aired on WTVR Channel 6 in Richmond on April 22.

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October 20, 2020 – The Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is excited to provide a "virtual" opportunity for you to learn more about who we are, what we do, and why we want to hire you! We are pleased to invite you to our Virtual Open House, to be held Thursday, October 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come on in…. you are family!

Break-out sessions will provide detailed information from subject matter experts in that department on current recruitment activities and what makes their department unique. Registration for break-out sessions will be provided October 28. Please contact (804) 537-6627 with any questions about this open house.

Registration is required to attend! Please click on the link below to register.

The agenda for the October 29 Virtual Recruitment Open House is available by clicking HERE.

On Board

November 25, 2019 – Chesterfield's Award-Winning Connections

September 30, 2019 – The Time Has Come For The Standardized Disposition Matrix

DJJ Forum

April 28, 2021 – Spring Is In The Air Edition

December 18, 2020 – Mock Voting Provides Real Civics Lesson


December 2020 – EPICS Defines 4th Principle

February 27, 2020 – Two-Year Study Will Evaluate Regional Service Coordinator Model

Residential Circle-Up

December 23, 2019 – 400 Attend Holiday Family Day Event

August 6, 2019 – It Started With A Seed Of Curiosity


July 24, 2020 – The Learning Continues

August 15, 2019 – 68 Graduate In Gym Packed With Families

Media Contacts

Greg Davy
Public Information Officer
(804) 971-3973


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