Richmond VA > Justice Services

Last Updated: 2009-08-20

The Division of Juvenile Community Programs is designed to enhance public safety by reducing juvenile delinquency through valuable prevention services, and evidence based intervention programming that strengthens families and changes the lives of at-risk youth.

In accordance with the Balanced Approach philosophy, all VJCCCA programs must:

1) Promote public safety;
2) Hold juveniles accountable for their behavior (sanctions); and/or
3) Build skills or provide treatment to improve a juvenile’s behavior (competency development).

Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act
History of VJCCCA

In 1995, the General Assembly enacted the Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act (VJCCCA) that restructured funding for local juvenile justice programming. Block grant funding was discontinued for all programs except secure detention. Established block grant funds formed the basis for VJCCCA. The General Assembly appropriated additional funding so that all localities could implement programs and services to meet the needs of juveniles involved in the juvenile justice system. As a component of the legislation, all localities were required to expend an amount equal to the sum of their fiscal year 1995 expenditures for pre-dispositional and post-dispositional block grant alternatives to secure detention. This required local funding is called the Maintenance of Effort (MOE).

Outreach/Electronic Monitoring

Outreach is an alternative to secure detention for non-violent youth whose behaviors make them at risk of re-offending or being placed in the Detention Center. Outreach community monitoring is pre-dispositional program.

  • Monitor Youth must not be assessed as a probable safety risk to the community or his/her home
  • Parents/guardians must be willing to uphold program stipulations
  • There should be a land-based telephone service in the youth’s home

Although youth are permitted to reside in the community with their parent/legal guardian, youth are subject to intense supervision, which is inclusive of face-to-face visits by RDJS staff at home, in school, and community activities while allowing them to reside with their parent/legal guardian. Staff will also provide youth supportive counseling.

Some program participants may be required to wear an electronic monitor. The monitors worn enable staff to track youth movement. This allows for swift intervention by staff if youth fail to honor programmatic stipulations.

Referrals may be made by 13th Judicial District Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. For more information on Outreach Electronic Monitoring, please call (804) 646-2902.

Community Monitoring

The Community Monitoring program provides case management, face-to-face contacts with a youth at home or school, daily curfew checks and supportive individual counseling to post-dispositional youth who are at risk of re-offending while on probation. These services deter future delinquency while improving functioning in the home and community. To be eligible for program participation the following criteria are applicable:

  • Youth must be between the ages of 14 and 17.
  • Youth must be non-violent offenders who have a limited arrest record
  • Parents/guardians must be willing to uphold program stipulations.

Referrals may be made by 13th District Court Service Unit staff. For more information on Youth Monitoring and Surveillance, please call (804) 646-2902.

Community Service Program

Community Services

The court-ordered Community Service Program provides constructive sanctions and accountability for youth who have been charged with minor offenses. Participating youth are placed in public or nonprofit community work sites only.

Youth may be referred to participate in either the hourly or weekend program. Youth in the hourly program report directly to an assigned site until the completion of their hours. Youth ordered into the weekend program meet on Saturdays and Sundays and are transported as a group to a specific site to perform various tasks. Lunch is provided on the weekends. At the conclusion of the day’s service, youth are transported to their respective homes. In both instances, the program coordinator identifies work sites, liaisons with site supervisors, monitors the progress of participants, and supplies documentation for court-reports.

Program referrals may be made by Judges at the 13th District Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court and staff at the 13th District Court Service Unit.

For more information on Community Service, please call (804)646-8087. We welcome calls from nonprofit organizations in need of community service participants.

Cultural Enrichment Program

The Cultural Enrichment Services program provides opportunities for youth to enhance their appreciation of cultural diversity, increase their knowledge of community resources, participate in educational and/or vocational activities, and experience growth through increased social interaction. Cultural enrichment resources are available to all youth involved in services from the Richmond Department of Juvenile Justice Services and the 13th District Juvenile Court. Examples of activities include:

  • Museum tours
  • Movies
  • Bowling
  • Roller skating
  • Park visits
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Presentations by representatives of community agencies

Referrals to this service are made by staff from the Richmond Department of Justice Services and the 13th District Court Services Unit.

The Richmond Juvenile Detention Center is also served by the Cultural Enrichment Program. The services feature a blend of options inclusive of recreation, religious activities, arts, and life skills programming, in addition to health and self awareness issues.

For more information on Cultural Enrichment Services, please call (804)646-2902.

Crisis Shelter Care

Crisis Shelter Care is a contracted service for City of Richmond court involved youth experiencing a resolvable family crisis. Eligible youth between the ages of 12 and 17 may remain in care for up to 15 days. While in care, youth will continue to receive educational services on site or in a public school setting. Individual and family counseling and support services are provided with the goal of family reunification.

Staff from the Richmond Department of Justice Services and the 13th District Court Service Unit may refer appropriate youth to this service. For more information on Crisis Shelter, please call (804)646-2902.

Juvenile Drug Treatment Court

Treatment Court

Juvenile Drug Treatment Court is a specialized program of the Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court for youth between the ages of 12-17. The goals of this innovative specialized court are to support the desire of youth to stop using drugs and make the changes necessary to support substance-free and law-abiding lifestyles. These goals are accomplished by providing substance abuse treatment, shaping the behavior of youth with incentives, sanctions, and holding youth accountable for their behavior. Clients are provided weekly individual and group substance abuse counseling, family support, and close monitoring of their behavior as well as frequent and random drug testing. This cutting-edge approach is called therapeutic jurisprudence.

For more information on Juvenile Drug Treatment Court, please call (804)646-8677.

Law Related Education

The City of Richmond Law Related Education Program, (LRE) is designed for juvenile offenders under the supervision of the 13th Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The Law Related Education (LRE) programs and curricula are designed to give young people an understanding and appreciation of the law, the legal system, and their rights and responsibilities as engaged citizens. The programs employ legal processes and principles to help people find practical solutions to everyday problems. Students in LRE programs are active, hands-on participants.

Law Related Education helps youth become effective, law-abiding citizens by promoting civic responsibility. It increases young people's self-esteem and promotes a more favourable attitude toward authority figures. LRE is an important part of the nationwide effort to prevent violence and restore mutual respect and civility to American community life.

Referrals may be made by 13th District Court Service Unit staff. For more information on Law Related Education program, please call (804) 646-2902.

Youth and Family Support Services

Youth and Family Support Services is a client-centered youth and family service for non-court and court-involved youth ages 11—17. Service intervention is designed to improve family functioning, academic achievement and enhance cognitive and pro social skills.

Family members need a variety of skills to maintain themselves as a supportive, productive, self-sufficient unit. These may include parenting, time management, communication, anger management and conflict resolution skills. Case managers will assist family members in identifying skill strengths as well as deficits, present information concerning skills areas, and help members practice their skills. Skill building may also take place on a more practical level or a level that more directly affects the tasks of daily life.

For more information on Youth and Family Support, please call (804)646-8677

Evening Reporting Center

The Evening Reporting Center (ERC) is a component of the City’s community based system of sanctions and services for juveniles who are before the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. The array of services is offered with the framework of a balanced approach to juvenile justice. The ERC is design as a non-residential, highly structured Extended Day Treatment Program that operates during the hours of 3pm to 8pm. The program offers structured program activities to include cultural enrichment, group activities and individual intervention services.

Referrals may be made by 13th District Court Service Unit staff. For more information on Evening Reporting Center program, please call (804) 646-2902.

For more information on Youth and Family Support, please call (804)646-8677

Greg Hopkins, Program Manager 646-2902
Priscilla Wright, Human Service Coordinator 646-8677
Peggy Downey, Community Service Coordinator 646-9087

Contact Information:

Department of Justice Services
City of Richmond
730 E. Broad Street, 8th Floor
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-5987
Fax: (804)646-3269

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