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.

Pretrial Investigations



To enhance public safety and court appearance by assisting judicial officers in making objectives, risk-based decision regarding pretrial release and ensuring compliance with conditions of bail.

Interviewing, Risk Assessments and Recommendations

Pretrial officers conduct screenings and interviews at the Richmond City Justice Center. They review commitment orders for defendants admitted to jail and awaiting first court appearance to determine their eligibility for pretrial investigation. Upon completion of the screening process, a pretrial officer meets with the defendant face-to-face or via video to gather background information for the purpose of assessing suitability for and risk of release.

A standardized, objective, research-based assessment is conducted on each defendant meeting the criteria for investigation. This assessment identifies the likelihood of failure to appear in court and the danger to the community posed by a defendant pending trial.

The results of the risk assessment, along with other supporting factors, are provided to judicial officers and attorneys as part of the complete pretrial investigation report to assist them in making bail determination decisions. Suggested recommendations by the pretrial officer include continued detention, personal recognizance bond, and pretrial supervision.

For more information on pretrial investigations, please call 804-646-8955.