Director's Message -- Innovations In Government Award
April 23, 2021

I had the distinct honor on April 15 to accept, on behalf of the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, the Innovation in Government Award from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. This award was given in recognition of positive outcomes for Virginia’s court-involved youth as a result of our transformation plan. The award was presented in a virtual format as part of the schools 2020-21 Excellence in Government Awards. It was a very moving to hear kind words and accolades from former Governor Wilder and the VCU officials. It was a particular honor for DJJ to be included with such notable awardees as Dick Howard, John C. Purnell Jr., Henrico County Public Library, the Health Brigade, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and Congressman Bobby Scott who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Judges for the award noted that our transformation plan "touched virtually every aspect of the agency’s operation. Since its inception, DJJ’s Transformation Plan has yielded dramatic gains that . . .

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