1997-04 Juvenile Justice

We value our children and their future; therefore, we oppose any victimization by any systems.

We oppose the practice of any juvenile under the age of 18 being tried in adult court and/or housed in an adult institution.

We remain adamantly opposed to the death penalty with a particular concern for those who commit crimes while a juvenile.

We advocate for a restorative model of justice which addresses the hurts and needs of both victim and offender so that both they and the community are healed.

We recommend:

-allocation of resources for prevention, early intervention and restoration, rather than punitive measures.
-mandatory academic and vocational education for all juveniles.
-active involvement of families and community in the life of every child.
-quality legal representation for juveniles.