Coverage – Virginia First: Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors votes no to new youth prison

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. – The Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors has voted to stop negotiations to provide land to the state to build a new youth prison.

Valerie Slater, Esq., RISE for Youth Executive Director, released the following statement in response to the vote:

Tonight’s vote was a win for Hampton Roads’ most impacted youth, their communities, and for the people of Isle of Wight County. We know that youth have a better chance to thrive when they are able to receive the support and care of their families and communities. A better approach to youth justice starts with rejecting the old model, which is based on remotely-located facilities that isolate youth and just don’t work. Tonight, we are hopeful that local and state leaders will continue to engage with and listen to their communities, who overwhelmingly support rehabilitation over incarceration.

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