Data Source and Calculation
This percentage is measured by those individuals not convicted of a new misdemeanor or felony offense within a year of being released from direct care. The term direct care includes juvenile correctional centers, detention re-entry programs, or community placement programs. In order to determine the rate of success, DJJ uses a recidivism analysis. DJJ’s recidivism analysis is based on data from several collaborating organizations: Virginia State Police (VSP), Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission (VCSC), Department of Corrections (DOC) , and the Virginia Compensation Board. DJJ obtains statewide adult arrest data and conviction information from VSP and the VCSC. Additionally, DJJ acquires subsequent incarcerations from DOC and VCSC. Using multiple sources allows DJJ to follow individuals through the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems for adequate follow up periods to determine if they have been convicted of a new misdeamor or felony offense with a year of being released from direct care. If they have not been convicted of a misdeamon or felony offense within one year, they are indentified as a successful release.