Community Involvement

Community involvement is often an essential part of a successful juvenile justice disposition. Often, one of the reasons a juvenile commits acts of juvenile delinquency is that there is no adequate network of care or supervision provided by the juvenile’s family. For juveniles who lack this care and supervision, it is sometimes possible to provide a substitute in the form of involvement in a church or community group, or through mentoring by community volunteers. Juveniles need the opportunity to develop the sense of self-esteem that is essential to becoming a responsible adult.