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Virginia's Three-Year Plan 2003-2005: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act

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Date Published
May 2003
167 pages
This document presents the plan for funding under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act for 2003-2005 in the State of Virginia.
The juvenile justice system is composed of three primary components: law enforcement, the courts, and rehabilitation services. The organization, function, and responsibilities of these components are described. The description of law enforcement includes law enforcement training, police diversion, and community policing. Courts include district, juvenile and domestic relations, circuit, court of appeals, attorneys and advocates, and court improvement. The discussion on rehabilitation services includes the Juvenile Community Crime Control Act, the Department of Juvenile Justice services, non-delinquent youth in need of services, and a serious or habitual offender program. An analysis of juvenile crime problems is divided into five parts: information about juvenile population and projected population, arrest data, intake data, and detention data. The detention data are subdivided into secure detention and correctional center data. The most recent available information, from 2002, is presented. Priority juvenile justice problem statements are discussed. They include young juvenile offenders, the number of juveniles in secure detention for technical violations, legal representation of juveniles, disproportionate minority representation, mental health needs, access to services for juveniles in rural areas, truancy, and sex offenders. Program descriptions include alternatives to detention, compliance improvement, young juvenile offenders, delinquency prevention, disproportionate minority representation, juvenile justice system improvement, planning and administration, and State Advisory Group. Plans for compliance with the requirements of the JJDP Act and the State's plan for compliance monitoring are described. These plans are specifically regarding the deinstitutionalization of status offenders, separation of juveniles from adult offenders, removal of juveniles from adult jails, and reducing the disproportionate representation of minority youth in secure facilities.