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City Council Regular Meeting
Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act Funding Appropriation
First Reading: 10/05/2017
Final Adoption: 10/17/2017
The Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act (VJCCCA) requires the locality to develop and submit a plan outlining how the City will serve juvenile offenders before intake on complaints or from the court on petitions alleging the juvenile is delinquent, in need of services, or in need of supervision with allocated funds. The locality's biennial plan and funding was approved for FY 2017 and FY 2018.
The VJCCCA Plan for FY 2018 will continue to provide the Electronic Monitoring and Outreach Detention Programs. These programs offer the courts alternatives to secure detention by increasing the level of supervision of the juveniles and the intensity of services through face-to-face contacts, home visitation, school/employment contacts and monitoring through the use of electronic equipment. It is projected that sixty (60) juveniles will be served in the Electronic Monitoring Program and fifty (50) will be served in the Outreach Detention Program. The plan will also offer a Pro-Social Skills group, which will teach the participants new social and coping skills to improve their attitudes and make them less likely to re-offend. The Aggressors, Victims, and Bystanders: Thinking and Acting to Prevent Violence Program will be facilitated by the Prevention Services Division of Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services. It is projected that forty (40) juveniles will be served during FY 2018.
During FY 2018, the City will receive $86,999 from the Department of Juvenile Justice to support the delivery of programs and services to juvenile offenders. The City will provide a local match of $39,830. The total allocation to operate the VJCCCA Programs is $126,829.
In 1995, the General Assembly enacted the Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act (VJCCCA), which appropriated additional funding to localities to implement non-secure detention programs and services to meet the needs of juveniles involved with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Services Unit. The City has been the recipient of VJCCCA funds since its inception. The funding allows the W. W. Moore, Jr. Detention Home to operate an Electronic Monitoring and Outreach Detention Program and provide other identified services based on the needs of the juveniles referred by the Danville Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Without these programs and services, it is possible many of these juveniles would be placed in secure detention or in an out-of-home placement, resulting in greater cost to the locality.
It is recommended that City Council approve the attached Ordinance appropriating funds to operate non-secure detention programs to provide services for juveniles in the Juvenile Justice System.
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