Social Services & Recreation
Staff Training & Development
Philosophy of Detention
Respect for the dignity of the human person is basic.
Recognition of the special needs presented by the developmental nature of adolescence underlies policies and operations.
Detention, though often brief, is a critical time; and the important factor is the quality of human relationships rather than the duration.
Detention will be effective to the extent that its aims are consistent with those of the larger juvenile justice system. Making cooperation with the court, probations and other agencies essential.
Detention must attend to the interests of both the community and the offender: it must protect community safety, hold youth accountable and promote resident well being and development of competencies.
Everything that happens in detention is important: the formal program and the informal climate that prevails. Staff, acknowledging this premise and governed by a common mission, must understand and invest in the philosophy and purposes of detention.
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