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
Greetings to the VCCJA membership! I hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather, longer days and all of the fun activities that the season brings. VCCJA and our committees are more active now than ever, and I wanted to bring you up to date on the many happenings of our Association. On May 30,the VCCJA Legislative Committee's Pretrial Justice work group in collaboration with the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the National Institute of Corrections hosted Virginia's first ever Pretrial Symposium. This event was opened by Brian Moran, Virginia's Secretary of Public Safety. This premier event included national experts in the Pretrial Justice field as well as innovative panelists from our own state. The forum provided a view of the successes of other states, as well as the successes and challenges that we are facing in Virginia. Thanks to various Director's feedback, we invited key criminal justice stakeholders from across the Commonwealth who assisted us to define the critical areas in need of improvement at the front end of Virginia's Criminal Justice System. The Symposium will serve as a launching point for more great work to come as this group works to devise next steps. Be sure to check out all the pictures from the 2014 Pretrial Symposium on the VCCJA homepage.
Evidence Based Practices (EBP) implementation is now underway statewide! At the 2014 Annual VCCJA Executive Committee Summit, the Executive Committee met with DCJS Leadership and devised a template to move EBP forward throughout the remaining 17 community corrections sites. With the formation of a collaborative VCCJA/DCJS Implementation Team, the planning has moved forward with training occurring and community corrections staff implementing EBP principles! I cannot speak about EBP without mentioning the great success of VCCJA's Quality Assurance (QA) Committee. The QA Committee, in collaboration with the National Center for State Courts, is beginning the 3rd year of a Federal Byrne Grant to implement key quality assurance and fidelity components of our EBP implementation efforts in probation. The QA Committee’s work over the past 2 plus years has included: developing probation performance measures, conducting baseline recidivism studies, probationer surveys, as well as organizational and stakeholder surveys. Our success in moving EBP forward in local community corrections and pretrial services would not be possible without the professional work created by this committee! Please consider joining a VCCJA committee to provide your input on VCCJA’s many initiatives and activities!
As we move into the upcoming fall months, each region will again host VCCJA Day during the week of September 22, 2014. Your Regional Representatives will be sending out more information on activities in the near future to their respective regions. Also, we have our Executive Committee elections coming up soon as well as our exciting annual conference in November at the Dulles Hyatt. To find out the latest on all of these activities, as well as information on our various committees, check out our website at www.vccja.org. Your input as a member is important to keep VCCJA moving forward. Please feel free to contact me at (703)792-6065 or by email at email@example.com if you have suggestions.