Purpose of Juvenile Justice System in Delinquency Cases
419C.001 The Legislative Assembly declares that in delinquency cases, the purposes of the Oregon juvenile justice from apprehension forward are to protect the public and reduce juvenile delinquency and to provide fair and impartial procedures for the initiation, adjudication and disposition of allegations of delinquent conduct.
The system is founded on the principles of personal responsibility, accountability and reformation within the context of public safety and restitution to the victims and to the community.
The system shall provide a continuum of services that emphasize prevention of further criminal activity by the use of early and certain sanctions, reformation and rehabilitation programs and swift and decisive intervention in delinquent behavior.
The system shall be open and accountable to the people of Oregon and their elected representatives.