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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 6. Criminal Justice And Corrections
Agency 35. Department (Board) of Juvenile Justice
Chapter 101. Regulation Governing Juvenile Secure Detention Centers
7/2/2022

6VAC35-101-1080. Disciplinary process.

A. Procedures. Written procedures shall govern the disciplinary process that shall contain the following:

1. Graduated sanctions and progressive discipline;

2. Training on the disciplinary process and rules of conduct; and

3. Documentation on the administration of privileges and sanctions as provided in the behavior management program.

B. Disciplinary report. A disciplinary report shall be completed when it is alleged that a resident has violated a rule of conduct for which room confinement, including a bedtime earlier than that provided on the daily schedule, may be imposed as a sanction.

1. All disciplinary reports shall contain the following:

a. A description of the alleged rule violation, including the date, time, and location;

b. A listing of any staff present at the time of the alleged rule violation;

c. The signature of the resident and the staff who completed the report; and

d. The sanctions, if any, imposed.

2. A disciplinary report shall not be required when a resident is placed in his room for a "cooling off" period, in accordance with written procedures, that does not exceed 60 minutes.

C. Review of rule violation. A review of the disciplinary report shall be conducted by an impartial person. After the resident receives notification of the alleged rule violation, the resident shall be provided with the opportunity to admit or deny the charge.

1. The resident may admit the charge, in writing, and accept the sanction (i) prescribed for the offense or (ii) as amended by the impartial person.

2. The resident may deny the charge and the impartial person shall:

a. Meet in person with the resident;

b. Review the allegation with the resident;

c. Provide the resident with the opportunity to present evidence, including witnesses;

d. Provide, upon the request of the resident, for an impartial staff member to assist the resident in the conduct of the review;

e. Render a decision and inform the resident of the decision and rationale supporting this decision;

f. Complete the review within 12 hours of the time of the alleged rule violation, including weekends and holidays, unless the time frame ends during the resident's scheduled sleeping hours. In such circumstances, the delay shall be documented and the review shall be conducted within the same time frame thereafter;

g. Document the review, including any statement of the resident, evidence, witness testimony, the decision, and the rationale for the decision; and

h. Advise the resident of the right to appeal the decision.

D. Appeal. The resident shall have the right to appeal the decision of the impartial person.

1. The resident's claim shall be reviewed by the facility administrator or designee and shall be decided within 24 hours of the alleged rule violation, including weekends and holidays, unless the time frame ends during the resident's scheduled sleeping hours. In such circumstances, the delay shall be documented and the review shall be conducted within the same time frame thereafter. The review by the facility administrator may be conducted via electronic means.

2. The resident shall be notified in writing of the results immediately thereafter.

E. Report retention. If the resident is found guilty of the rule violation, a copy of the disciplinary report shall be placed in the case record. If a resident is found not guilty of the alleged rule violation, the disciplinary report shall be removed from the resident's case record and shall be maintained as required by 6VAC35-101-330 (maintenance of residents' records).

Statutory Authority

§§ 16.1-309.9, 16.1-322.7, and 66-10 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 25, eff. January 1, 2014.

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