Transformation Plan Update 2018. In response to Chapter 780 of the 2016 Virginia Acts of Assembly The Appropriation Act, Item 415 (B)(3) (2016).
Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice.
Technical Report State Resource
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In 2015, the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice 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practices for youth in custody both during their commitment and upon their return home; efficiently replace two large, outdated Juvenile Correctional Centers (JCCs) with smaller, regional, rehabilitative and treatment-oriented facilities supported by a statewide continuum of local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 the offender recidivism rate, the impact on JDSs, commitment orders, and Transformation Plan savings. Findings indicate: the JCC average daily population declined from 245 in FY 2017 to 216 in FY 2018; by the end of FY 2018, over 100 committed youth were in a non-JCC alternative placement; JCCs experienced greater safety with significant declines in the rates of acts of aggression and violence, use of force by staff, disciplinary reports with sanctions of isolation, and worker’s compensation claims; in FY 2018, 5,964 family visits occurred at the JCCs and alternative placements, a 90.1% increase from FY 2017; with the savings from facility closures, the Department continued to expand the service network through contracts with Regional Service Coordinators; to date, 25 new staff have graduated Basic Skills for Caseworkers, with another 14 graduating by the end of October 2018; and the average percentage of positions vacant across the Department continues to decline to 11.2% in FY 2018. 21 references.
Virginia; criminal justice system; alternative response; evidence based practice; recidivism; child safety; professional training; parental visits; CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS; CORRECTIONAL REHABILITATION; JUVENILE DELINQUENCY