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Compliance Monitoring Program

Compliance Monitoring Program

Pursuant to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 2018, the state agency designated to administer the Formula Grants Program must "provide for an effective system of monitoring jails, lock-ups, juvenile detention facilities, juvenile correctional centers, court holding facilities and non-secure facilities to ensure 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 and Child Welfare Section at DCJS has been responsible for implementing 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 Monitors are required to conduct onsite visits to all juvenile detention centers and juvenile correctional centers. In addition, they must periodically visit all jails, lockups, and court holding facilities in Virginia to ensure compliance with the JJDP Act. The Compliance Monitors are also available to assist agencies and localities with issues involving the JJDP Act as it relates to the secure detention of juveniles.




Contact Information

For additional information on the Compliance Monitoring Program in Virginia, e-mail Tony Nelson, Juvenile Justice Compliance Monitor, or call 804.786.0051.