The Mission of the Department of Justice Services is to promote a safe and healthy community through evidence-based practices that empower participants to achieve measurable success.

Phone (804)646-3011



Department of Justice Services Administration
730 E. Broad Street, 8th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804)646-3011
Fax: (804)646-7051

Division of Adult Programs
306 N. 8th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804)646-8955
Fax: (804)646-8994 or (804)646-0411

Juvenile Community Programs
306 N. 8th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804)646-3264
Fax: (804)646-8869

Juvenile Detention Center
1700 Oliver Hill Way
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804)646-2937
Fax: (804)646-2990

Dawn Barber, Director (804) 646-3763

  • Sophia Stephens, Director's Executive Assistant (804) 646-3011

Rhonda Gilmer, Deputy Director (804) 646-5410

Shannon Paul, Deputy Director (804) 646-5415

Robin Autry, Manager, Adult Day Reporting Center (804) 646-1525

Rodney Baskerville, Superintendent, Richmond Juvenile Detention Center (804) 646-3456

Luis Mercado, Manager, Division of Adult Programs (804) 646-0331

Janice Roach, Program Operations Manager, Juvenile Programs (804) 646-2902

Ernestine Rollins, Management Analyst Principal (804) 646-3261

Bill Wooldridge, Manager, Home Electronic Monitoring  (804) 646-8975


We welcome all comments and suggestions. Please let us know how we are doing and your suggestions on how we can improve the programs and services that we provide.

Juvenile Detention Center

The Richmond Juvenile Detention Center (RJDC) is a 60 bed secure facility which serves both males and females in the service area of the City of Richmond. The facility is designed to provide safe temporary custody of pre-dispositional residents who are accused of conduct subject to the jurisdiction of the court, pending adjudication and/or disposition of charges placed against them.

Pre-dispositional residents come into care once an intake officer or judge finds probable cause that the resident committed an alleged act that would be a Felony or Class 1 Misdemeanor if committed by an adult and there is (a) clear and convincing evidence that releasing the resident constitutes a clear and substantial threat to the person or community, or (b) releasing the resident presents a clear and substantial threat of serious harm to the resident’s life or health, or (c) the resident is a fugitive from another state.

The Richmond Juvenile Detention Center provides a wide range of helpful services that support the resident’s physical, emotional, mental and social development. Additional services include, but are not limited to: education, recreation, counseling, nutrition, medical/health care services, reading, visitation, communication and continuous supervision.

The facility is established to provide short-term care in a secure environment to residents who, by statutory criteria, require such restraint for either their own or the community’s protection, and to provide such protection, safe care, basic needs and services as required by the Resident and Domestic Relations District Court Law and pursuant to the Regulations Governing Resident Secure Detention Centers of the State of Virginia State Board of Resident Justice. Specifically, the facility shall do the following:

  • To provide for the residents' basic needs, such as shelter, food, clothing, and medical care.
  • Prevent the abridgement of residents' legal rights during detainment at the facility.
  • Provide for the physical, emotional, religious, educational and social needs of the residents during detainment.
  • House the residents in a safe and humane environment, maintaining the necessary security level to prevent escape and assure that the residents will be free of fear of assault or intimidation by staff or other residents.

Management Team:

  • Rodney Baskerville, Superintendent
  • Letta Porter Jones, Assistant Superintendent of Programs
  • Ralph Harmon, Compliance Officer
  • Terry Clark, Food Services Manager
  • Alyssia Alston, RBHA Mental Health Clinician

Richmond Juvenile Detention Center’s educational program, also known as The Virgie Binford Educational Center, follows the City of Richmond’s Public School curriculum. Our educational staff works to provide continuing education to our residents as their educational work transfers to their home school upon release. Our teachers instruct on all core classes in addition to art, life skills, vocational skills, GED preparation and testing. For additional information or questions about the education programs, call (804) 646-3470. 

Unless otherwise approved by the Detention Center Administration, visitation is limited to parents/legal guardians. All visitors are subject to search, including the use of metal detectors without prior notification.

Visitation hours are as follows:

  • Sunday 12:45 pm to 1:45 pm
  • Wednesday 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm
  • Saturday 2:15 pm to 3:30 pm
  • On Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day, visitation hours are 2:15 pm to 3:30 pm

Visitors who fail to adhere to visitation rules, which are provided to parents/legal guardians, could result in the early termination of a visit and/or denial of future visitation privileges.Visitors are asked to leave any personal belongings such as pocketbooks, cell phones, cameras, tobacco products, lighters, keys, hats and scarves in their personal vehicle. Appropriate attire and picture identification are required. Alternate visiting times require administrative approval.

Volunteers are responsible for providing a planned curriculum/program to be presented to our residents. We request that all volunteers dedicate at least six months of services at the center. All programs and volunteers must receive prior approval. Persons interested in volunteering at the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center may call (804) 646-2937.

Each resident receives a medical and mental health screening during the intake/admission process which includes a physical exam. The Richmond Juvenile Detention Center will attend to all immediate medical needs. Our Mental Health Clinician also provides crisis counseling and referral services when needed.