It is the mission of the La Porte County Juvenile Probation Department to hold juvenile offenders accountable for their actions by providing meaningful consequences which restores the victim and rehabilitates the offender, to create methods and programs which reintegrates them into the community through the process of competency development and to provide the supervision necessary to protect the La Porte County Community.
The American Probation and Parole Association defined “community justice” as “a strategic method of crime reduction and prevention, which builds or enhances partnerships within communities” (2000).
- LPCO Juvenile Probation employs the “Balanced Approach” and restorative justice practices in delivering probation services and accessing the continuum of community services available for individualized treatment of juvenile offenders.
- This approach emphasizes the value of applying the principles of:
- Community safety
- Skill development along with individualized assessment and treatment through departmental and community resources.
- Restorative Justice promotes those practices that maximize the collective involvement of victims, the community, and the juvenile in the justice process.
Individualizing our response to juvenile offenders and their families is an integral part of our mission.