Prison Fellowship works to restore the juvenile justice system so that communities are safer, victims are respected, and youth who have made poor decisions are enabled to become law-abiding and self-sufficient adults.
There are differences between youth and adults, and our justice system should take these differences into account. Youth are typically less mature, less developed, and have a greater capacity to grow and change than adults. States have established separate courts for juveniles that are much different from the adult court systems. This separation gives juvenile courts more flexibility to assign appropriate consequences and make services and resources, designed for troubled youth available; it also allows for greater involvement of family and community in the justice process.