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Proposed Joint Juvenile Justice Center: 3316 South Military Highway
Find information specific to the NEWEST SITE being considered at 920 Minuteman Drive: www.cityofchesapeake.net/JJJC.
The City of Chesapeake (Chesapeake) and the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (VDJJ) are looking to partner to build a "Joint Juvenile Justice Center (JJJC)" with Chesapeake operating a juvenile detention center and VDJJ operating a juvenile correctional center. The two facilities would be co-located on a Chesapeake-owned, 11-acre lot at 3316 South Military Highway in Deep Creek (view pictures of the proposed location for the JJJC). The JJJC would replace Chesapeake's aging juvenile detention center known as Chesapeake Juvenile Services (
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is being proposed for construction at this site?
Clarify the difference between a VDJJ operated
juvenilecorrectional center and Chesapeake's current juvenile detention center?
- How did the project come about?
- How many juveniles will be housed?
- What makes this the best site for this facility?
- What about other uses for this site - is this the best use?
Were other sites considered?
Why werethey rejected?
- How large is this site and what is it zoned for?
- Who will operate the Juvenile Justice Center - City, State or both?
- How is this proposed project being funded?
- What are the benefits to the City, State, juveniles and their families?
- What will the facility look like?
- Is the site appropriate for a major artery like Military Highway and will there be sufficient access to the site for staff and visitors?
- Is the proposed site appropriate given the lot configuration, i.e. long and narrow?
- How many hours per day will each of the youth be in the recreation yard and what type of activities will they be doing? Are they supervised?
- What impact, if any, will the location of this facility have on property values for properties in the immediate vicinity?
- Will they all be from Chesapeake?
- What kinds of offenses would these juveniles be accused of committing?
- Where are the juveniles held now?
- Will the two populations be combined?
- How is this facility an improvement over the current system or facility?
- Will there be a lot of traffic from visitors, etc. to the facility?
What security measures will be taken
atthe Joint Juvenile Justice Center?
- Will there be opportunities for the youth to interact with neighbors?
- On a typical day, what will the youth be doing?
Will the youth leave the facility on a regular basis for
- What impacts will there be to the surrounding area - lights, noise, guards, alarms, etc?
Will security cameras be used? Will they focus
outsidethe facility boundaries?
- Will there be increased police presence around the facility on an on-going basis?
- What are the next steps in this process?
- How and when can citizens provide input on the process and facility?
- What is the target date for opening this facility?
- How can I submit my comments about this project?
- How can I learn more about this project?
The proposal is to build two facilities co-located on the property. One facility would be comprised of the CJS facility, and the other would be the VDJJ facility.
Clarify the difference between a VDJJ operated
juvenile correctional center and Chesapeake's current juvenile detention center?
The VDJJ correctional centers house residents who have been committed to VDJJ care by a court. VDJJ provides a secure environment designed to prepare them for
Virginia's Juvenile Correctional Centers (JCCs) Beaumont & Bon Air, located in the Richmond area, are functionally outdated and physically aging. These facilities are a mix of outdated dorm-style cottages, buildings dating back to the 1950s (some to the 1920s), and three self-contained residential facilities built during juvenile justice reform in the 1990s and modeled after adult correctional centers. Virginia's JCCs system has undergone a "transformation" process to reduce costs and improve outcomes for its juveniles. Due to the condition of the City's current facility, initially built in 1961, Chesapeake staff began looking for a replacement option in recent years, as well. The City was approached by the VDJJ in the summer of 2015. The VDJJ had been looking for land in Hampton Roads to build a smaller facility, and Chesapeake happened to have both a need for a new juvenile detention center and the available property to build upon. The needs of the VDJJ and Chesapeake converged.
Up to 112 total. The State portion will house up to 64 juveniles and the City portion will house up to 48 juveniles.
This site is in the geographic center of Hampton Roads, creating easy access for visiting families, local services, courts, etc. The site is City-owned and meets the State's criteria for such facilities including utilities on site (water/sewer/electric). Public transportation access is a benefit, but not a criterion.
This property was originally purchased in 2011 to relocate the City's Public Works and Public Utilities operations; however, the site was later determined to be too small for that use. The City does not currently have any other use for the site, nor is one contemplated in long-range plans. View pictures of 3316 S Military Hwy, the proposed JJJC site.
The City looked at several other sites but this site best met the criteria outlined by the VDJJ.
The parcel for the proposed Joint Juvenile Justice Center is 11 acres. The front 3.5 acres are zoned B-2, General Business District, and the back 7.5 acres is zoned M-1, Light Industrial.
The State portion of the facility will be operated by State officials and the Chesapeake side of the facility will be operated by Chesapeake officials. Both will share some core services and amenities such as gymnasium, cafeteria and laundry room.
The VDJJ portion was authorized in 2016 by the Virginia General Assembly, and VDJJ is proposing to use proceeds from a bond issue. Chesapeake's contribution would entail providing the site, site readiness, along with a portion of the construction cost and, once the facility is operational, lease payments to the VDJJ covering the operations on Chesapeake's portion of the facility. City Council must approve the Chesapeake contribution.
Both the State and City will benefit by gaining operating efficiencies, cost savings, and by providing enhanced services for local juveniles transitioning back to their families in the Hampton Roads communities. The State's closure of its large-scale juvenile correctional centers under its transformation project to a "Community Treatment Model" is designed to improve: educational/career readiness, therapeutic services, family engagement and re-entry planning/parole services while reducing recidivism.
This facility is envisioned as a campus-like style similar to a community college. The exterior will be secure, attractive and landscaped. While the final design for this location has not yet been started, here are some graphics of what the facility could potentially look like:
- Possible configuration of the proposed Joint Juvenile Justice Center
- Possible elevation of the front of the proposed Joint Juvenile Justice Center
- Possible elevation of the rear of the proposed Joint Juvenile Justice Center
- Conceptual education and gymnasium, looking from the south to the north
- Conceptual housing, looking from the north to the south
- Overhead view of the proposed location
Overhead view of properties within
1.5 mileradius of current Juvenile Facility
Overhead view of properties within
1.5 mileradius of proposed facility location
Is the site appropriate for a major artery like Military Highway and will there be sufficient access to the site for staff and visitors?
A major artery like Military Highway is very appropriate for this kind of facility, considering the type of logistical support that the facility will require. Supplies will be delivered for standard operations. It makes sense to have the facility located on a major highway that is easily traveled and supports local public transportation routes. The previous use as an automobile auction likely experienced more traffic at peak times. The site design will allow for ample parking for staff and visitors.
The available acreage (11 acres) is more than adequate for the number of beds that the facility will be designed to support.
How many hours per day will the juveniles be in the recreation yard and what type of activities will they be doing? Are they supervised?
Residents receive one hour of large muscle exercise daily. All activities are supervised by facility staff. Activities included are basketball, soccer, volleyball and other creative indoor and outdoor activities per VDJJ Standards.
What impact, if any, will the location of this facility have on the property values for properties in the immediate vicinity?
Chesapeake's Real Estate Assessor has reviewed the location, surrounding areas, and proposed design and construction features for the facility. Based on that review, the facility is not expected to negatively impact surrounding property values.
It is our goal to house only juveniles from Chesapeake; however, the courts may order a juvenile from another locality to be housed in Chesapeake for safety or security reasons, though this is rare. The VDJJ will house juveniles from not only
Juveniles from the localities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Southampton, and Suffolk, are held in CJS. The VDJJ juveniles are incarcerated at two juvenile correctional centers in the Richmond area---Beaumont and Bon Air.
No, due to different mandated requirements per the VDJJ, they must be separated at all times due to their incarceration status.
The new Joint Juvenile Justice Center will have dedicated areas such as
Part of the current
Typically visitation is limited to two days per week for parents, siblings and legal guardians. Lawyers, probation officers, social workers and clergy may visit at any time.
The secure facility will be staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year, and will employ approximately 300 staff members. The facility will have closed circuit security cameras monitored by staff, perimeter fencing or walls and have a state-mandated ratio of juveniles to staff.
No, juveniles will be constantly supervised.
Juveniles will attend school, participate in recreational activities, attend individual and/or group counseling, have meals and participate in religious activities.
Juveniles who are detained in the CJS portion of the center could occasionally leave for work release purposes, but only under the constant supervision of facility staff.
The center will be designed to minimize impact to the surrounding community.
The inside and outside areas of the facility will be monitored 24 hours a day by closed circuit cameras monitored by staff. The outside cameras will only cover up to the perimeter fencing.
While the Police department will be aware of the operation of the facility and will respond to calls for service to the facility if needed, the proposed facility will be fully staffed with its own certified correctional officers and detention specialists. An increase in police presence should not be required.
The VDJJ is in the planning process. No money has been appropriated by the General Assembly for construction. Once VDJJ has secured state funding and chosen a proposed concept design for the facility,
Three citizen information meetings are scheduled for early 2017. All meetings are identical, please join us at the meeting that best works for your schedule.
- Monday, January 23 from 5-7 p.m. at Hugo Owens Middle School cafeteria (1997 Horseback Run)
- Thursday, February 9 from 5-7 p.m. at Damuth Trane meeting room (1100 Cavalier Blvd)
- Wednesday, February 22 from 5-7 p.m. Deep Creek Middle School cafeteria (1955 Deal Dr)
Comments can be submitted at any of the citizen information meetings or by email to:
Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice
Policy & Planning Director
Chesapeake Juvenile Services
You can find out more about this project at any of the scheduled information meetings or online at www.DJJ.Virginia.Gov.
Additional information can be found at the following links: