Transformation Plan Update 2019. In response to Chapter 854 of the 2019 Virginia Acts of Assembly 2019 Appropriation Act, Item 412 (B)(3).
Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice.
Technical Report State Resource
v, 46 p.
In 2015, the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) established the Transformation Plan to ensure that the Department was using its resources effectively and getting the best outcomes for the children, families, and communities it serves. The Transformation Plan has four core strategies: safely reduce the use of large and aging juvenile correctional facilities; effectively reform supervision, rehabilitation, and treatment practices for youth in custody both during their commitment and upon their return home; efficiently replace two large, outdated Juvenile Correctional Centers (JCCs) with smaller, regional, rehabilitative and treatment-oriented facilities supported by a statewide continuum of local alternative placements and evidence-based services; and sustain the Transformation Plan by maintaining safe, healthy, inclusive workplaces. This report provides an update of progress on the Transformation Plan on each of the four strategies, and includes information on youth services, support services, and additional reporting requirements. Findings indicate: between FY 2010 and FY 2019, juvenile intake cases decreased 39.8%, new probation cases decreased 51.7%, detainments decreased 43.6%, and direct care admissions decreased 44.5%, representing all-time lows; after DJJ’s first intake summit and a revised procedure, diversion plans increased from 15.5% of intake complaints in FY 2018 to 19.0% in FY 2019; successful diversion plans increased from 12.1% of intake complaints in FY 2018 to 14.3% in FY 2019; the therapeutic Community Treatment Model and other programming improved youth and staff safety; in addition to Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center, treatment placement options for committed youth include 10 community placement programs, eight detention reentry programs, nine residential treatment facilities, and eight group homes, for a total of 35 non- correctional center treatment placement options for youth; and DJJ partnered with Vanderbilt University to bring the Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol to Virginia. 18 references.
Virginia; criminal justice system; alternative response; evidence based practice; recidivism; child safety; professional training; parental visits; CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS; CORRECTIONAL REHABILITATION; JUVENILE DELINQUENCY; statistics; data analysis