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About VCCJA

The Virginia Community Criminal Justice Association is a non-profit membership organization representing all sectors of public safety and treatment providers. Membership comprises over 550 organizations and individuals including local community corrections and pretrial services directors, staff, and other individuals involved with the criminal justice system.

To ensure representation from each part of the Commonwealth, VCCJA is divided into four regions: Northern, Central, Western, Eastern. Each region has a representative on our Executive Committee.

What We Do

Our History

In 1995, Virginia passed the Comprehensive Community Corrections Act to establish local, community-based probation as an alternative to incarceration for persons convicted of certain misdemeanors or non-violent felonies for which sentences would be 12 months or less in a local or regional jail.

VCCJA was also established in 1995 as the statewide association to represent and serve these local probation and pretrial service agencies.

Our Mission

The mission of the Virginia Community Criminal Justice Association (VCCJA) is to enhance public safety through the development and expansion of pretrial, community corrections and other criminal justice programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia, by providing a forum for the discussion and communication of ideas. All members of the Association shall be committed to the standards of excellence, integrity, and professionalism in the delivery of pretrial and community corrections services.

Our Leadership

President

Amanda Griffith

Director of New River Community Corrections & Pretrial Services

Past President

Gary Hughes

Director of Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Community Corrections

Vice President

Tomaudrie Thomas

Deputy Director, Prince William County Criminal Justice Services

Treasurer

Maureen Anderson

Probation/Pretrial Manager, Prince William County Criminal Justice Services

Secretary

Megan Roane

Director of Blue Ridge Court Services

Central Region Representative

Samantha Honig

Pretrial Officer, Blue Ridge Court Services

Western Region Representative

Cynthia Plummer

Director of Lynchburg Community Corrections and Pretrial Services Agency

Eastern Region Representative

Dana Stout

Probation Officer, Middle Peninsula Local Probation

Northern Region Representative

Caitlyn Dinger

Pretrial Officer, Department of Community Corrections, Loudoun County

Staff Representative

Tasha Brown

Senior Pretrial Officer, Norfolk Criminal Justice Services

VCCJA Committees

VCCJA’s committees are responsible for driving the actions of the association to ensure we are achieving our mission. Membership on our committees is open to any member, providing all members the opportunity to actively participate in the organization and allowing work to be dispersed through a larger body with diverse ideas and abilities. Members volunteer to participate in the committees that best suit their knowledge and skill set.

Depending on the role of the specific committee, members:

  • Seek training opportunities for the field to stay current on new and innovative ways to maintain the safety of the community
  • Lobby for additional funds for pretrial and community corrections programs
  • Maintain open lines of communication with legislators to share the benefits of the services our agencies provide
  • Get involved in the training of new judicial officials to educate them on the services our agencies provide statewide

We currently have 11 committees that have been formed to address identified needs or issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

Membership is open to any individual, organization, or student currently working in or with an in the criminal justice field. You can join and pay membership dues online.

There are many benefits to joining VCCJA. Learn more on the Join VCCJA page of our website or contact us today.

To ensure representation from each part of the Commonwealth, VCCJA is divided into four regions: Northern, Central, Western, Eastern. Each region has a representative on our Executive Committee. You can view and contact your regional representative in the “Our Leadership” section on our website.

The annual VCCJA conference for 2021 will be held at the Embassy Suites in Hampton, Virginia. To purchase tickets to the conference or make hotel reservations, use the following link: VCCJA 2021 Conference Tickets, Wed, Nov 17, 2021 at 1:00 PM | Eventbrite

Membership on our committees is open to any VCCJA member. Members volunteer to participate in the committees that best suit their knowledge and skill set. We have 11 committees. To learn more and/or join, see the “VCCJA Committees” section on our website and contact the committee chair.

To find out when the various committee meetings will take place, check out our Events calendar.

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