The Neighborhood Youth Panel will ensure that youthful misdemeanor offenders and their victims receive the attention they need and deserve. The panel presents an opportunity for the community to have a voice in solving juvenile problem, in effect, neighbors helping neighbors.
The desired result of the Neighborhood Youth Panel are:
- To provide direct and swift accountability of youthful offenders to the victim and community.
- To provide the opportunity for communities to take an active role and responsibility in changing the behavior of juvenile offenders through sanctioning, mentoring, and by providing positive role models.
- To provide an opportunity for juvenile offenders to connect with responsible members of the community-members of the community who serve as positive resources and help offenders to become productive members of the community.