2010 DCJS Report: Ensuring public safety through successful prisoner reentry policies
The Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is the state criminal justice planning
agency for Virginia. As part of its many responsibilities, the Department administers state and
federal funds dedicated to improving state and local criminal justice practices, preventing crime
and delinquency, and ensuring services to crime victims.
In its role as a planning agency, the Department initiated its Blueprints for Change series in 2006
to bring executive-level participants together for a facilitated exploration of leading criminal
justice issues. Participants for these sessions are chosen for their knowledge of the issue at hand
and their ability to advance the discussion of public policy related to the issue.
The discussions occurring in these sessions, and the recommendations which emerge, are
recorded in published papers. DCJS hopes that these papers will stimulate further discussion by
state and local decision makers and provide useful guidance for substantive statutory changes
where necessary, as well as for decisions on funding, policies, and program development.
In July, 2010, three sessions were convened as part of the
Ensuring Public Safety through Successful Prisoner Reentry Policies
Ensuring Public Safety through Successful Reentry Policies for Youth
Gangs in Virginia: Status and Solutions
All Blueprints papers are available on the DCJS website at:Â www.dcjs.virginia.gov/bluepints
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