CCCJB Highlights and Accomplishments
There are several specific achievements our Colonial Community Criminal Justice Board (CCCJB) has accomplished since its inception. Some of the highlights and accomplishments are included below:
Criminal Justice Planner
Due to the vast purpose and responsibilities of our CCCJB, the members decided that they had a need for a Criminal Justice Planner to act as staff to the Board. The Criminal Justice Planner position serves to assist the CCCJB in its planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of any activities it embarks on. Although our CCCJB is state-mandated, our CCCJB is not funded by the Commonwealth. Any endeavors undertaken by our CCCJB must be paid for by the localities served or via grant funding. Therefore, included in the Planner's duties is finding grant funds for CCCJB initiated projects.
The Criminal Justice Planner position was originally funded through an Edward Byrne Memorial Grant in 1996 for a four-year term. Beginning July 1, 2000, the six localities served by our CCCJB (James City County, Charles City County, City of Poquoson, City of Williamsburg, New Kent County, and York County) will fund the Criminal Justice Planner position.
The initiatives and achievements of the CCCJB are continuous and therefore, the following is only a sample of the many.
Education of Alternative Programs: The Juvenile Justice Committee (JJC) hosted the Rite of Passage Program to educate the committee, public, and the CCCJB regarding available programming. The presentations were led by the East Coast Admissions Manager Ron Westphal. Ron presented on behalf of the 25-year-old West Coast Residential Program, the new Evening Reporting Centers, Community Mentor Programs, Community Transition Programs, Program-Centered Transition and Aftercare Programs, and Day Treatment Centers. The program development is known as Ritetrack, which establishes a structured, academic environment and innovative interventions in a community setting. The program focuses on Aggression Replacement Training (ART) and Cognitive Restructuring, Parenting and Multi-family groups, Community Service Programs, Restorative Justice Programs, and Substance Abuse and Relapse Prevention Courses. The Program-Centered Transition and Aftercare category assists with the transition phase back into the community such as Job Readiness Assistance, Post-Secondary Financial Aid, Employment Linkage, Community-Based Mentoring, and Case Planning. The Evening Reporting Centers are designed to make productive use of the high crime period of 3 to 9 p.m. Monday thru Friday by establishing supervised structure. This program combines education, counseling, athletics, social engagements, community service, individualized tutoring, case planning, cognitive behavioral interventions, and community-based transition and aftercare. For additional information regarding the programs, scholarships and admissions please visit http://www.riteofpassage.com.
Gang Training: The JJC has been instrumental in organizing, implementing, and evaluating GANG Trainings and Community Forums for all CCCJB localities through the collaborative efforts with York Poquoson Sheriffs Office, James City County Police Department, Richmond City Police Department, Department of Juvenile Justice, New Kent County Sheriffs Office, Occult and Ritual Crime Expert, DCJS and City of Williamsburg Police Department . These trainings were developed for school officials, police officers, and human services agencies to include mental health, criminal justice, and other professionals and community members. Some of the trainings offered Career Development Hours accredited by the Department of Criminal Justice Services. In June 2008, a Gang Intelligence Webcast, sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections and co-facilitated by James City County Police Department (JCCPD) and the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office (YPSO), provided area law enforcement officers, correction officers, and criminal justice professionals with gang state-of-the-art intelligence training. Other Community Gang Forums were held in October 2008, December 2008, January 2010 and February 2010 thru collaborative efforts of all localities and law enforcement agencies. In February and September 2009 there were 2 large-scale trainings with both 8-hour trainings held in space donated by the Clarion Hotel in Williamsburg, VA and facilitated by York Poquoson Sheriffs Office and an Occult Ritual Crime Expert. These 2 events provided 264 attendees from all over the Commonwealth of Virginia from a variety of disciplines with more than 2,106 hours of DCJS-accredited Continued Education Units. WAVY-TV Channel 10 did an exclusive feature story regarding the February training that aired in March 2009. In April 2010 the entire student body and staff of Charles City County High School received a well organized and orchestrated Gang Presentation. The Gang Presentation was designed to educate the student body regarding Gangs- Glamorization vs. Realization and legal consequences. The presentation was slightly over an hour in length, was directly on point with the engagement of the whole student body. It also provided avenues in which those that are currently involved or thinking of becoming involved with gangs’ opportunities to make better choices.
Restorative Justice Practices: The JJC submitted a Professional Development grant application to the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation for funds in the amount of $1,440. This grant award enabled six committee members to attend the Annual Virginia Restorative Justice Conference in Charlottesville, VA, on Oct. 20, 2008. The attendees and JJC members created a focus group named Restorative Justice Working Group. This group met with Jamestown High School administrators, counselors, security officers, a core of 9th grade teachers, and School Resource Officers. This group developed workshop sessions on Restorative Justice Circles and Conferencing which have been exercised at Jamestown High School and Warhill High School. In May 2010, the 9th District Court Service Unit and Charles City County Public Schools sponsored two International Institute for Restorative Practice Restorative Justice Webinars focused on “Responding to Bullying” and “SaferSanerSchools: Whole School Change Through Restorative Practices”. The Webinars were shown at Warhill High School and Charles City County High School.
Understanding Legalities/Responsibilities of Internet Harassment: The JJC sponsored a presentation by James City County Attorney Leo Rogers titled, Responding to Electronic Threats in the Information Age, for all localities on June 5, 2008. The PowerPoint presentation is posted on the CCCJB website.
City of Poquoson Community Heroin Forums: CCCJB members collaborated with HTSAC, the Poquoson Police Department, the Norfolk Methadone Clinic, the College of William and Mary, and the Poquoson Food Lion, providing a series of community forums focused on heroin use, addiction, dependency and recovery. These forums were made available to all CCCJB localities, professionals, community members, families, and clients. The free forums were accredited by Thomas Nelson Community College, with those who attended able to earn 1 hour of continuing education unit free of charge. Additionally, news articles were published in The Virginia Gazette (March 2009), and The Williamsburg Health Journal (May 2009).
Public Awareness/Community Services: The CCCJB Planner assisted James City County/Colonial Community Corrections with the completion of the County CCC/CCCJB 2009 Annual Report. In collaboration with the Webmaster, the Planner consistently updates and maintains the CCCJB’s website, which includes information for the general public, government agencies, and clients. The Planner also coordinated plans by many agency members of the CCCJB-represented localities to attend trainings and conferences. For example, the Planner coordinated and registered VPRJ staff to attend the Oct. 10, 2008, Trauma Training facilitated by Dr. Joan Gillece and hosted by the Chesapeake Community Services Board. Another instance of such coordination was the June 19-20, 2008, “Making a Difference: 2008 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Conference,” which was attended by two committee members. Additionally, the Planner made all arrangements for a Merrimac Detention designee to attend the “Understanding Criminal Behaviors in the 21st Century Workshop.” The Planner continues the process of recruiting, interviewing, and training student interns and volunteers, who provide support services for the CCCJB, agencies/localities affiliated with the CCCJB (such as Colonial Community Corrections, District 34 State Probation and Parole 9th District Court Services Unit, HTSAC, and York County Juvenile Services.) The interns’ duties involve various projects at the agency where they are placed and may consist of probation work, counseling, on-site program management, data entry, research, and event planning. Their contributions help expedite the completion of projects, and alleviate some staff workloads. Internships specified under the Criminal Justice Planner center on community collaborations. The emphasis allows interns to work for any number of the committees, departments/agencies, and organizations within any area represented by the CCCJB. The CJ Planner interacts with a variety of entities at the county and city levels. Therefore, interns become familiar with and are assistants to other criminal justice agencies and community partners. From January 2008 through December 2009, CCCJB interns provided 1036 hours of unpaid labor. Because "volunteer" time is valued at $16.54 per hour, this represents a $17,135.44 cost savings to the agencies and CCCJB localities.
Community Outreach/Education: The CCCJB actively educates area merchants, residents and businesses about evidence-based practice by providing presentations at local Rotary Club meetings, and supplying partnership letters and community contacts, as requested. Members of the CCCJB have provided educational presentations to New Kent Rotary Club and York County Rotary Club regarding evidence-based practices. The CCCJB has created many collaborative relationships with area merchants and businesses to include, but not limited to, the Greater Williamsburg area Ben and Jerry’s, Target, Chick-fil-A, Massey’s Camera Shop, The Genuine Smithfield Ham Shoppe, Ukrops Supermarkets, Casa Maya Mexican Restaurant, The Blue Talon, United States Gypsum of Norfolk, VA., Greystone of VA., Laser Rush of Newport News, VA, and the Great Wolf Lodge. The CCCJB Planner has been successful in collaborating with area merchants to provide community members of all localities with needed items, services, or evidence-based practices incentives. One such example is the CCCJB collaboration with United States Gypsum and Yorktown Food Lion to provide food for the Thanksgiving holiday to the families of individuals supervised by District 34 Probation and Parole, Colonial Community Corrections (CCC), and the York County Crossroads Youth Home. Another example of community collaboration is the collection of over $1,500 worth of incentives and donations from all CCCJB localities that are being used by agencies implementing evidence-based practices, specifically CCC, District 34 Probation and Parole, and the 9th Judicial District Court Service Unit.
Legislative Breakfast/Lunch and Learns: A Lunch and Learn Session was held on March 3, 2008 titled, “Evidence-based Practices.” This session educated local defense attorneys on the progress of the 3-year implementation of evidence-based practices in the CCCJB localities. On Sept. 16, 2008, the CCCJB partnered with the Colonial Services Board, The Arc of the Virginia Peninsula, The Arc of Greater Williamsburg, The Children’s Services Network, and the Historic Triangle Substance Abuse Coalition in what is now known as Partners for Behavioral Health Empowerment, in hosting a Legislative Breakfast, “Virginia’s Public Mental Health System: Making Right Choices Together.” The event focused on three topics: a moratorium on downsizing of Eastern State Hospital and Southeastern Virginia Training Center Facilities; implementation of the Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) in accordance with Governor Timothy Kaine’s Executive Order 62, and “A Life Like Yours,” an ARC initiative requesting additional support waivers for the hundreds of Virginia families. More than 50 individuals attended, including former State Del. Melanie Rapp, who served as facilitator, as well as more than 50 local and state senators, delegates, government officials, community stakeholders, educators, and civic group representatives. A second legislative event, again sponsored by the Partners for Behavioral Health Empowerment, was held on April 29, 2009 for local and state elected officials and area stakeholders. A third Legislative event focused on the same priorities which occurred in October 2009.
Evidence-based Practices:Currently the CCCJB localities criminal justice agencies, and Colonial Community Corrections and District 34 State Probation and Parole are entering into their fourth year as a pilot site for this initiative. Evidence-based Practice (EBP) is the application of science into operational practice for services and programs for offenders. The goal is to use practices that have been empirically tested and have been shown to reduce recidivism among offenders. Based on numerous studies and meta analysis (data interpretation with assessment of risks resulting in qualitative decisions) of offender rehabilitation programs, researchers have outlined a set of principles to guide the implementation of EBP. Our EBP implies that there is a definable outcome that is measurable and defined according to practical realities such as recidivism, victim satisfaction, and services provided. We continue to be a leading pilot site for EBP, as we improving supervision effectiveness, enhance the safety of our communities, reduce victimization, improve collaboration, emphasize staff and organizational development, improve recidivism outcomes, and target funds toward interventions that bring the greatest result. This practice is truly the reengineering of probation; we work with the offender to achieve greater public safety by using contact as a vehicle for motivating offenders in the direction of changing their behavior.
Mental Health & Substance Abuse for First Responders Training: The CCCJB Planner spearheaded a collaborative effort between the CCCJB, Williamsburg Community Health Foundation, Colonial Community Services Board, Henrico Community Services Board and CCCJB-locality law enforcement agencies to re-develop the grant-funded mental health and substance abuse education initiative known as Mental Health and Substance Abuse Education for First Responders. The First Responders Planning Committee devised a free, training program that was held on Oct. 3, 2008, and Nov. 12-14, 2008, for our area first responders. This was a highly effective Department of Criminal Justice Services-accredited and seasoned training program that taught first responders, which included law enforcement personnel, mental health professionals, substance abuse professionals, human service professionals, and criminal justice agents more effective strategies for understanding and handling individuals with mental health, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders, who come in contact with the criminal justice system. This training was planned and implemented with the goal that first responders would receive training to recognize different mental illnesses, and to gain knowledge of the classifications of psychotropic medications most commonly prescribed for these illnesses, and the side effects associated with various medications. Training participants learned skills that improved their ability to effectively communicate with and intervene on behalf of citizens who suffer from such disorders. With well-trained first responders who are able to provide appropriate interventions, these populations will receive assistance that, in turn, will decrease the likelihood of their involvement in the criminal justice system. As a result of skills and knowledge gained from this training, first responders will play a key role in early intervention planning.
Sequential Intercept Model: In May 2008, hundreds of stakeholders from localities across the Commonwealth gathered at the Governor’s Conference for Mental Health and Criminal Justice Transformation to acquire knowledge, skills, and resources needed to develop and implement community-based approaches to jail diversion and to prevent unnecessary involvement of persons with mental illness in the criminal justice system. Our CCCJB localities were one of ten statewide, chosen to participate in the Cross-Systems Mapping workshop held May 18-19, 2009. The workshops enhanced practices and facilitated organizational change utilizing innovative and dynamic tools to map systems, identify gaps in service, and clarify community resources. The five priority-based Action Plan/Map developed at the workshop is driving our localities in developing and implementing plans for community change through cross-system collaboration. Additionally, the CCCJB, Law Enforcement Agencies, DCJS, NAMI and Colonial CSB collaboratively worked with the Department of Criminal Justice Services regarding Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program planning and future grant funding opportunities.
Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT):The CCCJB and CSB with the support of local law enforcement collaboratively applied for a CIT Grant through the Department of Criminal Justice Services in April 2009. Unfortunately, funding was not awarded but continued work to obtain specific CIT funding is being researched with the assistance of the Department of Criminal Justice Services. There is forwarded momentum in training CCCJB locality police officers, three officers representing the James City County Police Department, New Kent County and the City of Williamsburg Police Department received the 40-hour CIT Training in Hampton/Newport News along with 1magistrate serving the 9th District.
New Kent County High and Middle School Drug Presentations: In April 2010, through collaborative efforts of the CCCJB SA Committee, New Kent County Sheriff’s Office, New Kent County High School and Middle School, New Kent County Public School Social Worker, William and Mary Practicum Students and Internationally recognized SA Professor and the Henrico CSB the student and staff at both HS and MS participated in an hour long ATOD educational presentation with school and legal consequences tied into it. For additional assistance and intervention opportunities there were addiction interns/counselors, school counselors and criminal justice professionals made available to students who had concerns or questions after the presentations. There were approx. 1500 students that received this important message and over 30 who received one on one confidential substance abuse counseling. As all collaborative partners learned, the high school and middle school students are at different stages of drug understanding, experimenting, and usage but they all are faced with making the decision with the drugs being readily available even to the youngest if they decide to use! We also learned that our kids are experiencing a lot from family drug use, drug charges, mental health issues, self mutilation, bullying of drugs and down to more detail, the popularity of sniffing Sharpie Markers! The collaborative partners are further discussing these issues, identifying additional preventive and intervention resource.