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Historically, court-involved youth were treated much like adults, serving their sentences in prison-like settings, with little focus on providing the treatment and training that could help them successfully transition after release. During this town hall, hear how the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is using its Transformation Strategic Framework to break that paradigm, with a focus on diversion programs, trauma-informed treatment and education.
The new Juvenile Services Campus in Prince William would support these initiatives, with a homelike environment and detention alternatives that are more conducive to rehabilitation and reducing recidivism. Additionally, with fewer youth now entering into detention—in 2017, 80% of Virginia court-involved youth were eligible for diversion plans—the new facility would be smaller, potentially co-locating with counseling and additional services.
Join learn about the research behind these changes and what they mean in Prince William County, as we look at progress as well as remaining challenges, both within the justice system and in our communities. Participants are invited to submit questions in advance or during the event, via the chat feature. Visit EventBrite to register and for additional information on the topic.
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