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Overview of the Department of Juvenile Justice Programs

Overview of the Department of Juvenile Justice Programs

While juvenile justice by name is child-oriented, this
does not mean that the care of child suspects and juvenile delinquents should
come at the expense of the rest of the
State. Thus, a Department of Juvenile Justice is bound to
place the safety of the public on a par with the welfare of the child and
include the protection of both populations as points of paramount importance in
their official missions. Besides, just within the spectrum of juvenile justice,
enforcement of the laws should obviously not come at the expense of the child.
State departments are committed to delinquency prevention as well as
delinquency detention and want to see children grow into self-sufficient adults.


That said, a State Department of Juvenile Justice is certainly in
charge of administering the law and any functions subsequent to adjudication.
In all, juvenile justice departments are responsible for processing complaints
against offenders from the public, taking children into temporary custody in
anticipation of court proceedings, overseeing first appearance
s (notification of charges), adjudication and disposition
hearings (deciding what
to do with the guilty child), and committing to
a plan of action for the child moving forward, such as youth detention,
probation, or supervised residence.


Yet in meeting those goals stated in its list of values,
it is critical to a Department of Juvenile Justice to not only be proactive in
s to delinquency prevention, but to engage the
community in doing so. A
State Department will be the organizer, or if
not taking the lead, at least a sponsor of community juvenile crime prevention
councils. Though these programs are part of a self-interested motivation to
reduce the burdens on
State juvenile justice departments, these
burdens are often considerable ones. More than this, though, these actions
reflect genuine concerns for the welfare of
states underage
residents and the survival of families, which are realistically closely