March 18, 2022 – The Virginia General Assembly has given bipartisan approval to a measure one advocate believes could lead to significant changes to the Commonwealth’s youth justice system. The bill outlined how management of the state’s juvenile justice system could transition from the Public Safety Secretary to the Health Secretary. Valerie Slater, executive director of the group RISE for Youth, said it could mark an important step away from Virginia’s current punitive approach to youth justice. She pointed out many kids in the system have mental health conditions not addressed by the current model.
Also: House Bill 1179: https://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?221+ful+HB1197ER
Also: Too Many Locked Doors: The scope of youth confinement is vastly understated.: https://bit.ly/3IiJUKZ
https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2022-03-18/childrens/virginia-bill-proposes-public-health-approach-to-juvenile-justice/a78334-1