The Juvenile Justice Code
It is the intent of the legislature to promote a juvenile justice system
capable of dealing with the problem of juvenile delinquency, a system which
will protect the community, impose accountability for violations of law and
equip juvenile offenders with competencies to live responsibly and
productively. To effectuate this intent, the legislature declares the
following to be equally important purposes of this chapter:
- To protect citizens from juvenile crime.
- To hold each juvenile offender directly accountable
for his or her acts.
- To provide an individualized assessment of each
alleged and adjudicated delinquent juvenile, in order to prevent further
delinquent behavior through development of competency in the juvenile
offender, so that he or she is more capable of living productively and
responsibly in the community.
- To provide due process through which each juvenile
offender, and all other interested parties are assured fair hearings,
during which constitutional and other rights are recognized and
- To divert juveniles from the juvenile justice system
through early intervention as warranted when consistent with protection
of the public.
- To respond to juvenile offender’s needs for care and
treatment, consistent with the prevention of delinquency, each
juvenile’s best interest and protection of the public, by allowing the
judge to utilize the most effective dispositional option.
- To ensure that victims and witnesses of acts
committed by juveniles that result in proceedings under this chapter
are, consistent with the provisions of this chapter and the Wisconsin
constitution, afforded the same rights as victims and witnesses of
crimes committed by adults, and are treated with dignity, respect,
courtesy and sensitivity throughout such proceedings.
Juvenile Justice Code: (938.01)