WHO WE ARE
The Virginia Community Criminal Justice Association is a non-profit membership organization who's 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.
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Thank you for electing me to serve as your Association President. I am surrounded by strong, committed individuals who serve as the executive team for VCCJA. We represent a vital and worthwhile organization. Accept the invitation to become actively involved in our committees and activities.
The Association hosted a successful training conference in November in the Northern Virginia region. The feedback on the training was positive and abig thank you to the Conference Committee on a job well done. Thank you to the many VCCJA committee members who played an active role in thesuccess of the event. The Awards Committee recognized the dedication of members in our field during the annual awards luncheon. The Nominating Committee presented the new officers at our Annual Business Meeting. The Cultural Awareness Committee hosted the Taste of Culture event to challenge our taste buds. The Fundraising Committee had a booth at the conference to connect members with VCCJA logo merchandiseand the Public Relations Committee encouraged conference attendees to follow VCCJA on social media. And let us not forget the support of our membership!
The Legislative Committee has worked diligently to keep us all up to date on issues of legislation affecting our work. They deserve our thanks for the excellent job they do representing our interests in Richmond. The Quality Assurance Committee has been finalizing the results of the second probationer survey and completing their work on the year 3 Byrne Grant. Plans are in place to move forward with an application for year 4 funding this spring. Special thanks to DCJS for their support in this area.
We recognize the achievements of the Training Committee in providing quality regional trainings as well as training opportunities at the quarterly meetings. The DCJS/VCCJA Joint Implementation Team had a successful year in moving us forward towards full implementation of evidence based practices. Their progress has been remarkable and a testament to the value of teamwork and defined mission, goals and objectives. Our partnership with DCJS has continued to yield positive results.
This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Comprehensive Community Corrections Act and the Pretrial Services Act. We are planningto commemorate this occasion with a statewide event held in the Richmond area. A planning committee has been established and we will keep you informed of developments. Also, the 2015 conference will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Portsmouth. This was the site of our 2005 conference when we celebrated the 10th anniversary.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the milestones we have achieved. But the work is not done and the journey continues! To find out about activities and events, as well as information on our various committees, continue to check this website.