Juvenile Justice

Juvenile Justice

The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County ILO supports justice for juvenile offenders.
Position History: 

(Adopted 1986)

Support for a system that places emphasis on early identification and prevention, adequate funding and efficient use of resources for services to troubled children. Support for a system that emphasizes effective rehabilitation of the offender, recognizes the importance of accountability of the offender and the family, provides for punishment that is not only appropriate for the offense and the offender, but which also serves the goals of rehabilitation and protection of the community. Support of a county-wide system of services to status offenders, including limited secure detention for runaways, strengthening efforts to decrease truancy, voluntary probation and out-of-home placement, joint planning and coordination among public agencies and the private sector for these services. Support of contracting for limited services, but not for sovereign functions. Support for Dependency Court as a court of jurisdiction for status offenders requiring court intervention. Support of in-depth training for all personnel within the system, manageable case loads, availability of community placements in adequate numbers and adequate funding, and efficient use and coordination of resources throughout the system.

Issues: 
Secure equal rights and equal opportunity for all. Promote social and economic justice, and the health and safety of all Americans.
League to which this content belongs: 
Los Angeles County ILO