The state of Virginia has a few different types of juvenile detention facilities to serve youth offenders. Each juvenile starts at the Central Admission and Placement (CAP) Unit, where they are fully assessed and evaluated for placement and programs. They then have group homes called Secure Detention Facilities and a juvenile detention center called Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center. They also have a facility that handles community placement programs and one for health services.
The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (VDJJ) is the government agency in charge of all youth offender programs, facilities, inmates, and all Virginia juvenile inmate records. Juvenile records are typically kept private until the inmate turns 18 years old. Therefore, you cannot just perform a Virginia juvenile detention center inmate search online like you can with prisons and jails. To find an inmate, contact the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice or the facility directly.
The CAP is where all youth offenders begin as they are diagnosed, evaluated, and assessed. Their time here will determine placement, programs, and risk value.
These detention centers are called group homes or centers. They are community-based and provide temporary housing and are for youth offenders while they await sentencing or a court disposition. While there, these inmates engage in educational studies, recreational events, and therapeutic activities.
The VDJJ describes this facility as: “Bon Air is a secure facility operated by DJJ where 24-hour a day care is provided to juveniles committed to DJJ after they are processed by the Central Admission and Placement (CAP) unit.”
The CPP provides highly structured, disciplined programs for juvenile delinquents. This program allows youth offenders to remain close to home while also receiving treatment and access to the resources they require to get back on track. These programs focus on education, job readiness, life, and social skills.
There are fewer than 650 youth offenders in juvenile detention in Virginia. Almost 90% of all youth offenders have mental health issues (including things like ADHD, conduct disorder, substance abuse dependency, or something else). The average stay of an inmate is 138 days. Most have committed crimes against another person. Seventeen percent have committed serious felony offenses. Sixty-six percent are male and the rest female. More than 47% are White, 42% are Black, 9.6% are Hispanic,.9% are Asian, and the rest other races.