RICHMOND, Va. — A youth advocacy group is questioning the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice’s new juvenile classification system.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the JustChildren Program voiced its concerns in a letter sent last week to the department and the Board of Juvenile Justice.
JustChildren lawyer Kate Duvall says in the letter that the new system could disrupt services. Duvall also says juveniles who are reclassified and transferred to other facilities could be denied opportunities they’d previously earned.
Duvall says JustChildren believes the reclassification system is a major change that requires the board’s approval.
Department director Helivi L. Holland said Tuesday in a statement that services won’t be disrupted. She says the system allows staff to assess juvenile residents’ security and custody levels and assign them to the appropriate correctional facility.