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.