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Youth Redemption
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Youth Redemption

Juvenile offenders have strengths, are capable of change, can earn redemption, and can become responsible and productive members of their communities.

Guiding Principles:

Pennsylvania's juvenile justice system shall:

Assess the strengths, needs, interests and skills of juvenile offenders.

Identify or provide resources to build on those strengths, interests and skills and to address those needs.

Engage juvenile offenders in activities that develop measurable competencies designed to enable them to become responsible and productive members of their communities and provide the support and assistance necessary to enable juvenile offenders to successfully complete these activities.

Assist parents and guardians of juvenile offenders in involving their children in activities that develop measurable competencies and/or which make a positive contribution to the community.

Enlist employers, educators and others to provide juvenile offenders with opportunities for competency development.

Enable juvenile offenders to demonstrate competencies.

Engage juvenile offenders in activities that are of value to crime victims and communities.

Increase opportunities for juvenile offenders to interact with positive adult role models.

Operate a system that accused and adjudicated juvenile offenders regard as responsive, fair and just.