The Policy and Legislation Unit is responsible for managing and directing DJJ’s work in the legislative and regulatory processes, certification and compliance programs, resident grievance process, and records requests.
Certification conducts audits of programs and facilities regulated by the Department and the State Board of Juvenile Justice. The team inspects and monitors court service units, group homes, juvenile detention centers, and Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center to ensure that all programs and residential facilities comply with regulatory standards and that the conditions of placement or confinement are safe and secure. The team also provides technical assistance to programs and residential facilities to improve successfully functioning programs serving court-referred youth.
Data and Research collaborate to analyze data and evaluate the agency’s programs and initiatives to provide DJJ and its stakeholders with information to make data-driven decisions that promote the agency’s mission. The Research Unit also monitors the approval and progress of external data requests and research partnerships. The Data Unit works with the Department of Planning and Budget and an interagency committee to develop population forecasts for juvenile detention centers and direct care.
Legislative and Regulatory Affairs supports and manages DJJ’s legislative, regulatory, and procedure functions, which include:
Records and Legal Support handles Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and other juvenile records requests, especially those in response to an attorney request or pursuant to a subpoena. The team is the primary contact regarding service of legal papers, such as lawsuits, subpoenas, or other legal notices. The team also serves as a liaison with the Office of the Attorney General, and receives questions of a policy or legal nature from the CSUs or CAP unit that may be sent out for referral.
Rights and Accountability ensures that staff and residents’ rights are protected while at the same time striving to modify poor behavior through accountability measures. The team is staffed by Human Rights Coordinators, who operate independently from the juvenile correctional center to provide youth with an outlet for addressing concerns.
Safety and Risk Management -- The Risk Management Unit is responsible for directing programs that promote accident prevention, loss control as well as health and safety code compliance for the Department of Juvenile Justice. We also are the point of contact with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) in dealing with emergencies that affect the agency. Our goal is to ensure a safe work environment for all DJJ staff as well as staying prepared to effectively respond to all emergencies that impact our operations.