Compliance Monitoring Program
Pursuant to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 2002, the state agency designated to administer the Formula Grants Program must "provide for an adequate system of monitoring jails, lockups, juvenile detention facilities, juvenile correctional centers, court holding facilities and non-secure facilities to insure that the core requirements of the Act are being upheld." The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is the state agency designated to administer the Formula Grants Program, and as such, the Juvenile Services Section at DCJS has been responsible for establishing the Compliance Monitoring Program.
The state, through DCJS, is required to make annual reports to the Administrator of Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention on the results of our monitoring efforts. The report must demonstrate the extent of Virginia’s compliance with the Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders, Sight and Sound Separation, and Jail Removal core requirements of the JJDP Act. If Virginia fails to demonstrate compliance, as defined by federal guidelines, the Federal Formula Grants allotment to the state will be reduced by 20% for each core requirement not being met.
Virginia’s Compliance Monitor is required to conduct annual onsite visits to all detention homes and juvenile correctional centers. In addition, he must periodically visit all jails, lockups, and court holding facilities in Virginia to ensure compliance with the JJDP Act. The Compliance Monitor is also available to assist agencies and localities with issues involving the JJDP Act as it relates to the secure detention of juveniles.
For additional information on the Compliance Monitoring Program in Virginia, e-mail Curtis Stevens, Juvenile Justice Compliance Monitor, or call 804.786.0051.