Community Justice enhances community safety by reducing recidivism through competency development, teamwork, and customer service. Balance in adult and juvenile justice is achieved when all four components are addressed: Safety, Change, Customer Service & Teamwork.
Changing criminal behavior is most effective with the use of evidence-based practices and programs that motivate individuals to take responsibility for their criminal behavior and for the harm they have done to victims.
Citizens have a right to live in a safe and healthy community and must be protected during the time an individual is under community supervision. To assist with supervision, a range of interventions appropriate to the varying risks presented by an individual will be used. These interventions will focus on both appropriate responses to the present criminal behavior and on moving the supervised individual toward healthy, pro-social community membership. Community safety cannot be achieved without meaningful behavior change and the transformation of criminal thinking and behavior to the prevention of future harm.
Change is created by applying evidence-based practices through targeted and meaningful interventions. Changing criminal beliefs and behaviors decrease the likelihood the individual will re-offend. To assist Justice Involved Individuals and their families, a focus on evidence-based practices and programming will be utilized. These programs can be individualized and use a wide range of educational, skill-building, treatment, and intervention resources that are age, gender, and culturally appropriate. Individuals should leave the justice system more capable of being positive, contributing members of the community than when they entered the system.
Rather than simply receiving treatment and services aimed at suppressing problem behavior, individuals should make measurable improvements in their ability to function as productive, responsible citizens.