The mission of the Richmond Department of Justice Services (formerly known as Juvenile Justice Services) is to promote public safety, reduce recidivism, prevent juvenile delinquency and adult criminal behavior through the provision of a continuum of services which promotes offender accountability and rehabilitation. In FY2006 the department’s name change signaled a renewed focus by the City to expand outreach programming that targets adult offenders and their families.
Agency Overview ‘The Department of Justice Services provides a variety of services to youth, adults and their families who are either at risk of involvement in the justice system or have been formally processed by the court.
The services provided to youth are court diversion, secure confinement, and interventions for youth and their families who are before the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court for status and/or delinquency charges. The services to youth are provided through a structure called the Graduated Interventions Levels System, which is a collaborative effort between the Department of Justice Services and the 13th District Court Services Unit.
The Adult Services programs offer community-based supervision for Richmond offenders over the age of eighteen or considered an adult at the time of initial appearance, who have been (1) arrested and remanded to the Richmond City Jail awaiting arraignment for an offense other than those punishable by death; or (2) imposed a sentence of twelve months or less for which all or a part of the sentence has been suspended on misdemeanor and nonviolent felony offenses; and (3) authorized offenses whom the court has deferred judgment and orders participation in local probation.
2011 Proposed Biennial Fiscal Plan