Reentry Services

Reentry Unit

A DMV representative helps a resident
apply for a driver's license.

DJJ’s Reentry Unit provides reentry services to juvenile offenders returning to the community from commitment. Productive reentry is a seamless combination of services and resources that remove barriers to educate and prepare youth to succeed as contributing members of society.

Planning for reentry begins when a youth is committed to DJJ with the collaborative efforts of DJJ staff, the community and the youth’s family. To create a seamless transition, we implement numerous programs and activities designed to improve outcomes for youth upon return to the community. Reentry Advocates, who are assigned by region, connect youth and their families to employment and vocational services in the community.

Reentry Advocates

The Reentry Advocates are assigned to youth, by region, to bridge the gap between residential and community and to ensure youth are provided with support and resources to become productive members of their communities. For assistance with Medicaid and other benefits, employment and career planning/training, housing options, or other services to be successful in the community, please contact your Reentry Advocate.

Western Region – Jarrod Davis
jarrod.javis@djj.virginia.gov (804) 338-1053
(CSUs: 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30)

Eastern Region – Kecia Brothers
kecia.brothers@djj.virginia.gov (804) 972-4148
(CSUs: 1, 2, 2A, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)

Northern Region – George Peoples
george.peoples@djj.virginia.gov (804) 337-8337
(CSUs: 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 31)

Central Region – Rowena Callis
rowena.callis@djj.virginia.gov (804) 837-6010
(CSUs: 9, 15, 16, 24, 25)

Southern Region – Sasha Davenport
sasha.davenport@djj.virginia.gov (804) 337-5159
(CSUs: 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)

Other services offered by the Reentry Unit include:

DMV Testing Centers -- DJJ partners with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to establish a remote testing site at the Yvonne B. Miller High School campus to encourage youth to obtain a driver’s license upon release to the community. Eligible youth can take the knowledge portion of the driver’s education test and, upon completion, receive a learner’s permit prior to release.

DMV2Go -- DJJ has partnered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to bring DMV’s mobile unit to Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center to provide state issued IDs to youth.

For more information about these services contact Reentry Coordinator, Melissa Smith at (804) 921-4150 or melissa.smith@djj.virginia.gov.

Family Engagement -- The Family Engagement Committee was formed to examine current issues in the department’s interactions with the families of court involved youth, and to consider better ways to communicate and provide support. As we better understand each other, we have developed practices that have strengthened our shared commitment to our youth.

Diane Leiter, Family Engagement Coordinator
(804) 314-5242
diane.leiter@djj.virginia.gov

The Family Engagement Corodinator's role is to build meaningful relationships between DJJ and the families of youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Using best practices, the Family Engagement Coordinator is responsible for developing platforms to ensure we include the family's voice in our practices, keep families connected to their loved ones during their time away from home and to be a resource to families as they support their young person's journey towards success in the community.

Tamla Brookins, Family Advocate
(804) 916-0146
tamla.brookins@djj.virginia.gov

Our Family Advocate is a parent who can offer firsthand knowledge of the juvenile justice system processes, as well as information that could be useful to other families.

Contacts

Ashaki McNeil
Reentry Program Manager
(804) 588-3897
ashaki.mcneil@djj.virginia.gov

Diane Leiter
Family Engagement Coordinator
(804) 314-5242
diane.leiter@djj.virginia.gov

Tamla Brookins
Family Advocate
(804) 916-0146
tamla.brookins@djj.virginia.gov

Resources

Re-Enrollment Coordinators

Family Matters Newsletter

Summer 2021