The Youth Aid Panel promotes and encourages community participation in
the process of holding youth accountable for their actions. Panel
involvement helps the community better understand general areas or types
of problems within its boundaries.
The panel process prevents
the youth from receiving a criminal record and reduces the demand and
cost on the police and the juvenile court system. Youth who complete the
Youth Aid Panel program become closer connected to their community and
are less likely to re-offend in the future.
The Youth Aid Panel
is expeditious, providing a quicker response and resolved conclusion
for the youth, the victim, and the community.