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 Juvenile Detention Center

​​​​​​​​​​​ The Virginia Beach Juvenile Detention Center (VBJDC) provides temporary and safe custody of juveniles that have criminal charges that require a restricte​d environment for their own protection or the protection of the public. While residing at the JDC, a number of programs and services are provided on site to assist residents throughout their detention.

​​​​​​​​​​​​Juvenile Detenction Center building

Community Placement Program (CPP)

Contact the Community Placement Program Coordinator (757) 385-1220​ 
  • Three (3) Social Services Family Services Specialists on staff. 
  • Referrals for this program are made by the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) by a central admissions placement counselor.
  • The CPP provides an opportunity for the residents' to transition back into their home community prior to their official release from the DJJ.
  • A common goal is to provide an environment where residents can practice and master skills necessary to increase their chances of success after release.
  • Program components include:
    • Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBI-SA) youth version, an evidence-based curriculum.
    • Aggression Replacement Training (ART)
    • Multi-family group sessions
    • Therapeutic skill building
    • Job readiness
    • Independent living skills
    • Mental health support
    • Case Management services

Educational Program

Contact the Principal (757) 263-1203

The Virginia Beach City Public School District (VBCPSD) provides a formal educational program for all youth in the Juvenile Detention Center.  Teachers instruct on all core classes, special education classes and also teach life and vocational skills as well as GED preparation.

  • The VBCPSD provides a formal education program for all youth in the center.
  • Teachers instruct all core classes and special education classes.
  • Teachers provide life skills, vocational skills, and GED preparation. 

Medical Services

Contact Nursing Staff (757) 385-1220
  • Two Nurses and a part-time doctor are on staff. 
  • Each resident receives a medical and mental health screening during the admission process and a physical exam within five days of admission. 
  • The VBJDC will attend to all immediate medical needs. 
  • Other medical needs will be the responsibility of the guardian.

Pre-Dispositional (Pre-D) Program

Contact Assistant Superintendent (757) 385-1220
  • One mental health clinician and one licensed clinical social worker are on staff.
  • Residents that have not been adjudicated receive pre-dispositional services.
  • Program components include:
    • Cognitive Behavioral Interventions (CBI)
    • Crisis counseling
    • Case management
    • Mental health services
    • Referral services as needed
    • Psycho-educational group
    • Therapeutic skill building

Post Dispositional (Post-D) Program

Contact the Post Dispositional Coordinator (757) ​385-1220
  • The VBJDC provides a secure residential treatment program for residents who meet requirements as an alternative to commitment to DJJ.
  • The Post-D program is a 15 bed co-ed program designed to serve court-ordered youth and lasts a maximum of 180 days. 
  • The program is intensive and focuses on a wide range of treatment needs using an evidenced-based curriculum specifically designed for youth in a detention setting.
  • Program components include:
    • Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBI-SA) youth version, an evidence-based curriculum
    • Individual and family therapy with a licensed clinician
    • Parent and multi-family group sessions
    • Continued education with Virginia Beach City Public Schools and/or GED testing
    • Anger management
    • Empathy enhancement
    • Therapeutic skill building
    • Drug and alcohol screenings
    • 24-hour support and supervision

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Monitoring Program

Contact the PREA Coordinator (757) 385-1220
  • The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (Public Law No.108-79) was signed into law in 2003 to "provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and to provide information, resource recommendations, and funding to protect individuals from prison rape."
  • The purpose of this policy is to ensure residents are protected from sexual assault and sexual harassment and to outline the agency's approach to preventing, detecting, and responding to such conduct.
  • Meeting the objectives of PREA is a priority of the VBJDC. The VBJDC has a zero tolerance toward any incident involving the sexual misconduct of a resident.
  • Each resident receives PREA education during the admission process, in-depth education within 7 days of admission, and ongoing refresher education throughout the residents' incarceration.
  • Reporting sexual assault or sexual harassment can be done in several ways by the resident, a family member, a staff member, or by a third​ pa​rty.
    • a staff member
    • the PREA Coordinator
    • ...complete a grievance
    • ...write a letter of complaint
      • YWCA 24 Hour Crisis Hotline: (757) 226-9922, or
      • Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline: (800) 552-7096, or
      • Local Social Services Division: (757) 385-3400, or
      • Virginia Beach Police Department (non-emergency):  (757) 385-5000, or
      • VBJDC Administration Offices/PREA Coordinator:  (757) 385-1220
  • ​The VBJDC will ensure that all allegations of sexual abuse are referred for investigation to the Virginia Beach Police Department/Special Victims Unit (VBPD/SVU) which has the legal authority to conduct criminal investigations.  Sexual abuse allegations will also be referred to the Child Protective Services (CPS) Unit of the Virginia Beach Human Services Department.
  • Reports of sexual​ harassment will be investigated by the VBJDC PREA Coordinator and the Mental Health Clinician Supervisor.  Both individuals are full-time employees on staff with the VBJDC and have had the PREA: Investigating Sexual Abuse in a Confinement Setting training from the National Institute of Corrections, which qualifies them to investigate reports of sexual harassment
  • The VBJDC has a verbal understanding with the VBPD to perform the investigations and a written memorandum of understanding with the YWCA, that will offer support services as requested or as necessary.  The VBPD solicits the services of the Chesapeake Forensic Specialists, who are the sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE).  SANEs will conduct the initial examinations for the VBPD. 
  • The VBJDC PREA Coordinator is a member of the Hampton Roads Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) that meets quarterly. 
  • The VBJDC has taken extraordinary measures to build an excellent working relationship with the VBPD, YWCA, CPS, and with the SANEs (forensic nurses) for the purpose of creating a safe, humane, and secure environment for all residents that is free of sexual abuse and sexual harassm​ent. 
Our annual report on sexual abuse within our facility has been posted as of January 31, 2022 .
Our PREA Audit: Auditor's Final Report as of July 27, 2022 .

Reentry Program

Contact the Reentry Coordinator (757) 385-1220
  • The Reentry program is designed to assist residents transitioning from state commitment to their home community.
  • Residents serve the last 30-90 days of commitment in the Reentry ​Program.
  • The program offers a combination of services and resources to remove hurdles and barriers to assist residents in becoming successful, productive and contributing members of their community and society.
  • Services and resources are provided by the VBJDC and other community-based reentry service providers to assist in relapse prevention and family engagement.

Contact Information

Juvenile Detention Center