Download the Facts (Just Children) Fact sheet on juvenile transfer laws in Virginia.
Download the Laws (Campaign for Youth Justice) Guide to understanding the transfer laws in Virginia.
The Consequences Aren’t Minor (Campaign for Youth Justice, 2007) Study examining the laws and data in Virginia that indicate that sending youth to the adult criminal justice system does not work to reduce crime.
Don’t Wait Up (Charisa Smith: New Jersey Family Law Journal, 2008) Read up on juvenile justice and brain development.
Juvenile Transfer Laws: An Effective Deterrent to Delinquency? This Bulletin provides an overview of research on the deterrent effects of transferring youth from juvenile to criminal courts, focusing on large-scale comprehensive OJJDP-funded studies on the effect of transfer laws on recidivism.
Effects on Violence of Laws and Policies Facilitating the Transfer of Juveniles from the Juvenile Justice System to the Adult Justice System. The independent, nonfederal Task Force on Community Preventive Services (Task Force), which directs development of the Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide), has conducted a systematic review of published scientific evidence concerning the effectiveness of laws and policies that facilitate the transfer of juveniles to the adult criminal justice system, on either preventing or reducing violence (1) among those youth who experience the adult criminal system or (2) in the juvenile population as a whole.
National and Local Resources
Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families strives to improve the health, wellbeing, and safety of children, youth, and families in Arlington through researching young people’s needs, advocating for improved policies and programs to meet those needs, and engaging all members of the community as part of the solution. Check out publications (in Spanish and English) for information on gangs, bullying, drugs and behavior management.
Campaign for Youth Justice is geared towards preventing the transfer of juvenile offenders to the adult criminal justice system. The website provides information on advocacy efforts and recommendations on how to start your own advocacy campaign.
Center on Children’s Law and Policy is a public interest and policy oriented organization that promotes juvenile justice reform and advocates for adequate recognition of juveniles’ rights. The website includes information about juvenile justice reform initiatives around the country.
Families & Allies of Virginia’s Youth is a statewide family-driven organization that organizes, empowers, and supports families and young people who encounter the juvenile justice system, and advocates for reforms so that every young person in the system has a fair chance to change, heal, learn and grow into a successful adult.
JustChildren Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center works to improve Virginia’s public education, juvenile justice, and foster care systems through direct legal representation, education and organizing outreach, and state-level advocacy.
Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center, housed at the University of Richmond, seeks to change the culture of juvenile justice by ensuring excellence in juvenile defense and promoting justice for all children in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Puerto Rico, Virginia and West Virginia. The website provides information about juvenile justice events, news, and publications.
National Children’s Law Network (NCLN) strives to improve the lives and opportunities of court-involved children across the country by enhancing the quality of legal representation of children, developing standards and best practices for children’s law centers around the country, and improving educational opportunities and outcomes for court-involved children.
Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center works collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life, with a focus on children with disabilities.
The Urban Passage, Inc. partners with Juvenile Justice local leadership in strategic initiatives such as reduction of recidivism, disproportionate minority confinement, and effective diversion and probation programs
University of Richmond Children’s Law Center (CLC-UR) offers three clinics in which law students work with real clients on juvenile justice issues. The website provides information about the unique services that the Children’s Law Center offers.
Virginia C.U.R.E., a branch of Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants, is committed to meeting public safety responsibilities through research, legislative advocacy and community organizing.
Virginia Coalition for Juvenile Justice find key contacts, including the State Juvenile Justice Specialist and the Disproportionate Minority Contact Chair.
Virginia Fair Trial Project believes that all people, whatever their financial circumstances, are entitled to fair trials and equal justice. VFTP’s public awareness campaigns highlight the problems in Virginia’s indigent defense system and propose sensible and research-proven remedies.
Virginia Office of Protection and Advocacy, works to protect and advance legal, human and civil rights of persons with disabilities, to combat and prevent abuse, neglect and discrimination, and to promote independence, choice and self-determination by persons with disabilities.
Voices for Virginia’s Children supports research, policy, and coordinated efforts to advocate on behalf of children in the areas of early care and education, foster care and adoption, health and mental health, and more. The website provides information about current policy issues and opportunities to participate in the legislative or administrative debate.
Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) oversees correctional facilities. The website provides contact information for the Western, Central and Eastern Region departments.
Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (VDCJS) works to improve and promote public safety within Virginia. See the Juvenile Services section, which is involved in the planning, policy development and funding of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention initiatives throughout the state.
Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (VDJJ) oversees local court services units (probation) and juvenile correctional facilities, among other things. The website provides visitation and other information about each facility as well as an overview of the juvenile court process and on its website about community supervision (probation) and recent legislation related to juvenile justice in the Commonwealth.
Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) offers programs and services to improve the lives of those who experience abuse and neglect or need services to support and preserve the family. The website includes information about each of the services and programs that VDSS provides and lists the eligibility requirements for these programs. Click here to locate contact information for your local social services agency.