Increasing community capacity to work with youth at risk for incarceration is the key to sustaining systemic reform of the juvenile justice system (OJJDP, 2010). However, there still remains to have a disconnection between the juvenile justice system and the local community (OJJDP, 2010). Community justice seeks to engage citizens and community groups both as clients and as resources of juvenile justice systems, while promoting a more effective response to prevent crime and prompt restorative activities when a crime occurs (OJJDP, 2010).
Its mission attempts to ensure that juvenile justice intervention is focused on basic community needs and expectations (OJJDP, 2010). Communities expect justice systems to improve public safety, sanction juvenile crime, and habilitate and reintegrate offenders (OJJDP, 2010). Juvenile justice professionals ...view middle of the document...
Restorative Justice Program
The Probation Department program is geared to assist kids who have committed small crimes. The program will also provide services to keep these kids and other at-risk minors away from crime. The program wants to keep these minors out of the juvenile justice system, keep the community protected, and have minors take responsibility for their actions (Edwards, 2011).
The Probation Department will provided programs in cities, school districts and law enforcement agencies (Edwards, 2011). They are committing to send minors who are under 18 to “Neighborhood Accountability Boards” for lesser violations. This means they will be taken to a juvenile center or given a citation for; Shoplifting, Trespassing, and Vandalism, Small property crimes, Small drug crimes and Simple assault and battery (Edwards, 2011).
Victim-Offender Mediation Program
This program will bring together victims and minors who commit crimes, with the attempt of getting the victims to agree on restitution (Edwards, 2011). Both sides meet with a mediator to reach a settlement. This gives the victim a chance to meet the minor face to face. The minor gets to see how they have affected the victim (Edwards, 2011). The program is also geared to help with family mediation and parent-teen conferences.
Law enforcement Involvement
Create a program to reduce juvenile delinquency and violence by facilitating the use of effective law enforcement approaches, strategies, techniques, and programs in planning and delivering law enforcement services within the context of local community collaboration and provide a framework and strategy to increase juvenile accountability for delinquent and criminal behavior, reduce juvenile violence, and enhance public safety (Edwards, 2011).