2016 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

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Evaluation of DJJ Capital Needs (language only)

Item 415 #1h

Item 415 #1h

Public Safety and Homeland Security
Department of Juvenile Justice


Page 350, after line 25, insert:

"C.1. The Department of Juvenile Justice shall evaluate and develop alternative recommendations regarding the future capital needs for secure juvenile correction centers for state-responsible juvenile offenders. The Department shall present is findings and recommendations to the Governor and Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees no later than November 1, 2016.

2.a. In conducting its evaluation and developing recommendations, the Department shall consider various alternatives relating to juvenile correctional centers and present related analysis in its final report, including (i) the number of juveniles held in each facility; (ii) the amount and type of of mental health, educational or other services provided and the design and size of spaces needed to  accommodate such services within juvenile correctional centers; (iii) the appropriateness of alternative housing models such as double-bunking, dormitories, or others models for the juvenile population held in state facilities; and , (iv) the number and geographical location of facilities.

b. In its evaluation, the Department shall identify existing juvenile correctional centers and other property currently or previously operated by the Department as secure housing for juvenile offenders, the extent to which the recommendations developed pursuant to Paragraph C.2.a. of this item may be accommodated within said properties, and the costs of construction or renovation of existing facilities to accommodate the recommendations of Paragraph C.2.a. of this item. The Department shall also identify that potential revenues realized from the sale of existing real property of the Department.

c. In evaluating these alternatives, the Department shall give consideration and report on the estimated costs of construction, operation, and maintenance of facilities, and the potential impact of these alternatives to the outcomes for juveniles identified in Paragraphs B.1 and B.3 of this item.

3. The Department of Corrections, the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and all other agencies of the Commonwealth shall provide technical assistance upon request of the Director, Department of Juvenile Justice or the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security.

4. The Director, Department of Juvenile Justices, is authorized to procure such consultant or other services as are necessary to conduct and complete its review. The Director is authorized to use funds identified in Paragraph A of this item for such purposes."


(This amendment establishes an inter-agency working group comprised of the Departments of Juvenile Justice, Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and Corrections to study the future capital needs of the Commonwealth with relation to secure juvenile correctional centers, and to report their findings to the Governor and General Assembly no later than November 1, 2016.)