WHO WE ARE
The Virginia Community Criminal Justice Association is a non-profit membership organization. Membership includes, local community corrections and pretrial services directors, staff, and other individuals involved with the criminal justice system. Our membership includes nearly 450 individuals and organizations representing all sectors of public safety and treatment providers. Code of ethics
The purpose of the Virginia Community Criminal Justice Association (VCCJA) is to enhance public safety through the development and expansion of pretrial, community corrections and other criminal justice programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia, by providing a forum for the discussion and communication of ideas. All members of the Association shall be committed to the standards of excellence, integrity, and professionalism in the delivery of pretrial and community corrections services.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
2015 was an exciting year for VCCJA as we partnered with DCJS to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Comprehensive Community Corrections Act and the Pretrial Services Act. We gathered at Maymont Park in October with representatives from around the state to celebrate. The Honorable James Almand, Chief Patron of the Acts, joined us and shared his recollections from 1995. DCJS Director Fran Ecker, Past President Steve Austin and I highlighted the achievements of the past twenty years. One common theme was the importance of collaboration and how collaboration has led to many noteworthy achievements in our field.
The Association hosted a successful training conference in November at the Renaissance Hotel in Portsmouth, the site of our 2005 conference. Victoria Cochran, Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security and Fran Ecker, DCJS Director, offered remarks during the welcome. Workshops were well attended and offered excellent training. Attendee feedback was positive and the Conference Committee did an outstanding job. Many VCCJA committee members deserve recognition. The Cultural Awareness Committee hosted the Taste of Culture. The Nominating Committee presented the new officers at our Annual Business Meeting. The Awards Committee recognized dedicated members during the annual awards luncheon. The Fund-raising Committee had a booth to connect members with VCCJA logo merchandise and launched our first silent auction. The Public Relations Committee has kept us connected to the activities of our association. And let us not forget the support of our membership!
The Legislative Committee is hard at work representing our interests in Richmond. The Quality Assurance Committee has been awarded year 4 Byrne funding to continue their work. DCJS has continued to support their efforts. Our Training Committee has provided quality regional trainings as well as training opportunities at the quarterly meetings. The DCJS/VCCJA Joint Implementation Team has completed their work and represents the best model as they helped us achieve full implementation of evidence based practices. Our on-going partnership with DCJS has continued to yield positive results.
Thank you to our membership for their hard work. But again, the work is not done and the journey continues! I invite all our members to become actively involved in our committees and activities. We represent a vital and dynamic organization committed to success of local probation and pretrial initiatives. To find out about activities and events, as well as information on our various committees, continue to check this website.