Criminal Justice Reform

If you are a leader in Virginia’s Planning District 16 and want to become a part of this very important initiative, please contact Juanita Shanks at 540-479-3021.  The taskforce has designed the ARC Model to aid our returning citizens.  In addition, we are addressing human rights, advocacy and prevention. Our current membership include, but is not limited to:



Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office 

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Commonwealth  Attorneys office

County Boards of Supervisor (Stafford and Spotsylvania)

Fredericksburg Mayor office


Rappahannock Regional Jail

Probation and Parole


Pathways Family & Community Services

GWRC Discharge Planning 

Thurman Brisben

Virginia CARES

Spotsylvania NAACP

IAHR (Inter-Agency Faith for Human Rights

Office on Youth

Stafford public school 

Virginia State Police

...and more

In the News

Fredericksburg-area criminal justice reform task force seeks mentors for youth
The Free Lance Star
Adele Uphaus–Conner 10/20/21

The Planning District 16 Criminal Justice Reform Taskforce, Prevention and Education Committee, is preventing generations of incarceration.  FailSafe-ERA and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Fredericksburg are partnering together to provide mentors for children affected by incarceration.  We are looking for positive role models with a desire to help our children grow and provide emotional support to better manage the stressors associated with having an incarcerated family member.  Background checks will be required and training will be provided. 

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