The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) requirements written and adopted by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) mandate ratios of staff to inmates in correctional facilities, including those that house juveniles. The Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Center is subject to these regulations and is mandated to have sufficient staffing in place to meet these ratios of 1 staff to 8 juveniles during waking hours and 1 staff member to 16 juveniles during sleeping hours. These staff members must specifically be security personnel and not educational or support staff (which do not count towards the ratios).
has requested funding for 8 additional security personnel from the
participating jurisdictions who use the facility (Alexandria, Arlington and
Falls Church) to meet this requirement. However, the PREA guidelines state that
the ratios are effective October 1, 2017 which occurs during FY 2018. Staff has
scheduled a meeting with NVJDC and the other regional partners to discuss the
timing of this need as well as the specifics of the staffing requirements