Juvenile Justice

It often takes years for government agencies to make big changes in social programs, but Virginia’s Department of Juvenile Justice reports a major turnaround in just four years.  The improvements have been made without additional state spending.


State lawmakers are debating a budget for the next two years, and people concerned about juvenile justice are keeping a close watch on one line-item – money set aside to build two new, secure treatment centers for delinquent kids.  The Department of Juvenile Justice says that’s our best bet for dealing with young criminals, but some advocates for those kids disagree.

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Virginia is making some big changes in the way it handles kids who commit crimes.

When Andy Block was picked to run Virginia’s Department of Juvenile Justice in 2014, he was concerned.  The state had cut spending on these troubled kids.