Length of Stay Guidelines & Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center; DJJ's work group to study, report. (HB1494)

Introduced By

Del. Rae Cousins (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Marty Martinez (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Juvenile Justice; work group to study Length of Stay Guidelines and Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center; report. Directs the Department of Juvenile Justice to convene a work group to study issues related to the Department's Length of Stay Guidelines and the Department's direct care capacity in response to the Department's report on the 2023 Length of Stay Guidelines. The work group is directed to study (i) the evidence and research relied upon by the Department as identified in the Department's report, including adjusting for changes in risk profiles for committed juveniles over time; (ii) best practices on staffing ratios, the current actual staffing ratios at Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center (BAJCC), and the projected population forecast; (iii) the ability of BAJCC to operate the community treatment model without single coverage on units and maintain consistent staffing on each residential unit and unit population not to exceed 14 residents; (iv) the ability of BAJCC to maintain all therapeutic, vocational, and educational programming; (v) a detailed comparison of youth by age, risk level, and offense level and their projected length of stay under the 2015 Length of Stay Guidelines and the 2023 Length of Stay Guidelines; (vi) trends in determinate commitments, including the percentage of such commitments in circuit court and with an active Department of Corrections sentence; and (vii) how the Department will maintain current programming and the continuum of services for youth when direct care capacity exceeds actual capacity. The work group is also directed to study the rates of serious incidents and contributing factors at BAJCC since January 2022. The bill requires the work group to submit a report with its recommendations to the Chairmen of the House Committee for Courts of Justice and the Senate Committee for Courts of Justice by November 1, 2024. Such report shall include evidence or research relating to the 2023 changes to the Length of Stay Guidelines and whether such evidence or research supports the changes. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/19/2024Presented and ordered printed 24105312D
01/19/2024Referred to Committee on Rules
01/24/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1494)
01/25/2024Assigned Rules sub: Studies Subcommittee
01/29/2024Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2025
02/01/2024Continued to 2025 in Rules

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