Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I talk to to find out how my child is doing?

Please visit our Contact Us page for the names and contact information for our staff.

Can I send my child to detention?

No.  All juveniles at BRJD are placed here by a committing court.  In other words, a judge has to order that a juvenile be detained at BRJD.  We house juveniles for everything from non-violent offenses such as violation of a court order to more violent felony offenses.

Who owns the detention center?

BRJD is owned and governed by a Commission that represents the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna and Greene.  We are licensed by the Department of Juvenile Justice.   

Who is allowed to visit?

Parents, step-parents, grandparents and legal guardians.  Please visit our For Parents page for additional information.   

Can I send money or items?

No, BRJD does not accept money or packages for residents.  Residents are provided with the necessary hygiene items, clothing and school supplies.  Please visit our For Parents page for additional information.   

What do the residents eat?

Our food program follows the USDA food guidelines for school food programs.

Do the residents just sit around all day?

No.  Our teachers are employees of the Albemarle County School system and follow the regular schedule as other juveniles in the city.  Indoor and outdoor recreation spaces provide a place for residents to participate in physical education and a variety of other activities such as basketball, volleyball, table tennis, and four-square.  There are also scheduled times for residents to participate in board games, letter writing, reading, video games and television viewing.  Please visit our Services page for additional information.

Where do the residents sleep?

BRJD is a 40-bed facility.  Each resident is assigned to their own single room, which includes a bunk, window, toilet and sink.

How long do the residents stay there?

Pre and Post-Disposition Detention:  The average length of stay in fiscal year 2014 was 23 days. This includes juveniles who are awaiting adjudication of an offense and juveniles who have been adjudicated guilty of an offense and are serving a short sentence (typically 30 days or less).   

Post-Disposition Program (Post-D):  90 days for non-commitment eligible juveniles and 180 days for commitment eligible juveniles. 

Community Placement Program (CPP):  3-12 months.

How old are the residents?

We are licensed for males and females, ages 10-17.  We also have a program for male juveniles, ages 16-20, who are committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice and are participating in our Community Placement Program.

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