Purpose of the Alabama Juvenile Justice Act
Code of Alabama

Description: Title 12. Courts. Chapter 15. Juvenile Proceedings. (Refs & Annos) Article 1. . General Provisions. (Refs & Annos) 12-15-101. Purpose of the Alabama Juvenile Justice Act; short title; goals for the juvenile court. (a) This chapter shall be known as the Alabama Juvenile Justice Act. The purpose of this chapter is to facilitate the care, protection, and discipline of children who come under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, while ac- knowledging the responsibility of the juvenile court to preserve the public peace and security. (b) In furtherance of this purpose, the following goals have been established for the juvenile court: (1) To preserve and strengthen the family of the child whenever possible, including improvement of the home environment of the child. (2) To remove the child from the custody of his or her parent or parents only when it is judicially determined to be in his or her best interests or for the safety and protection of the public. (3) To reunite a child with his or her parent or parents as quickly and as safely as possible when the child has been removed from the custody of his or her parent or parents unless reunification is judicially determined not to be in the best interests of the child. (4) To secure for any child removed from parental custody the necessary treatment, care, guidance, and discip- line to assist him or her in becoming a responsible, productive member of society. (5) To promote a continuum of services for children and their families from prevention to aftercare, consider- ing wherever possible, prevention, diversion, and early intervention. (6) To promote the use of community-based alternatives as deterrents to acts of juvenile delinquency and as least restrictive dispositional alternatives. (7) To hold a child found to be delinquent accountable for his or her actions to the extent of the age, educa- tion, mental and physical condition, and background of the child, and all other relevant factors and to provide a program of supervision, care, and rehabilitation, including restitution by the child to the victim of his or her delinquent acts. Ala.Code 1975 12-15-101 Page 1 2010 Thomson Reuters. No Claim to Orig. US Gov. Works.Westlaw Delivery Summary Report for DEFREYTAS,TOM Date/Time of Request: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 16:25 Central Client Identifier: TOM DEFREYTAS Database: AL-ST-ANN Citation Text: AL ST s 12-15-101 Lines: 66 Documents: 1 Images: 0 The material accompanying this summary is subject to copyright. Usage is governed by contract with Thomson Reuters, West and their affiliates.(8) To achieve the foregoing goals in the least restrictive setting necessary, with a preference at all times for the preservation of the family and the integration of parental accountability and participation in treatment and counseling programs. (c) Judicial procedures through which these goals are accomplished will assure the parties a fair hearing where their constitutional and other statutory rights are recognized and enforced. (d) This chapter shall be liberally construed to the end that each child coming under the jurisdiction of the juven- ile court shall receive the care, guidance, and control, preferably in his or her own home, necessary for the wel- fare of the child and the best interests of the state. CREDIT(S) (Acts 1990, No. 90-674, p. 1304, 1; Acts 1997, No. 97-621, p. 1087, 1; 12-15-1.1; amended and re- numbered by Act 2008-277, p. 441, 1.) Current through End of 2009 Regular and First Special Sessions. Copr (c) 2009 by State of Alabama.

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