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Mission Statement, Values and Guiding Principles

Mission Statement

The Clackamas County Juvenile Department is dedicated to community safety. Youth offenders are held accountable through facilitation of victim and community restoration. We collaborate with community partners to assist in positive youth development and strengthening families.

Values

Integrity, Collaboration, and Excellence

Guiding Principles

  • To honor diversity and to treat all persons with respect.
  • To involve youth, families, and community partners in creating an effective and responsive department.
  • To strive to be innovative leaders in the field of juvenile justice.
  • To incorporate evidence based practices in our work with youth and families.
  • To honor victim’s rights and interests throughout all phases of the justice system; To invite victim’s participation in determining how to meaningfully address harm.
  • To provide opportunities for youth to repair harm to victims and communities.
  • To engage youth to have positive involvement in their communities.
  • To foster open communication and team work in a supportive work environment.
  • To demonstrate ethical and honest behavior in all that we do.

Commitment to Restorative Justice

The Clackamas County Juvenile Department is committed to the philosophical principles and values of Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice is focused on balanced support and meaningful outcomes for youth offenders, crime victims, and the community.

Offenders need to be held meaningfully accountable, given opportunities to develop new skills, supported for integration into the community, including developing and enhancing their social competencies, and for some - at least temporarily incarcerated.  Meaningful accountability directly addresses the resulting harms of their actions, encourages empathy and responsibility, and works to motivate them to be positive, contributing citizens in their community.

Crime victim’s individual and specific interests need to be valued and responded to.  Often those interests include: providing information on the steps being taken to address the harm done to them; eliciting and acknowledging how they were harmed and subsequently impacted; and encouraging their voice and participation in determining what steps are necessary to address the harmful impacts of the youth’s actions. 

Finally, communities need to have their voices heard as crime victims and empowered to share in the responsibility for the welfare of its members (including victims and offenders) while ensuring that the necessary resources, skills, and attention is given to develop safe and thriving communities.  Community members need to feel safe in their community and have a critical role in working with the system to establish an environment in which safety emerges. 
A restorative approach to crime addresses all of these fundamental goals.  Youth offenders are held meaningfully accountable, crime victims are heard and empowered, and communities are engaged both as stakeholders that have been negatively impacted and as advocates to make things right for the crime victim, offender and community.

Annual Reports

The Clackamas County Juvenile Department is committed to assessment and evaluation of our programs and practices in order to ensure our activities are effective and evidence-based.

Clackamas County Juvenile Department
2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 

Clackamas County Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center
2013 | 2012

Contact Us

Clackamas County Juvenile Department
Open 7 am to 6 pm, Monday thru Thursday
2121 Kaen Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
Phone: 503-655-8342
Fax: 503-655-8448

Clackamas County Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center
(a part of Clackamas County Juvenile Department)
Open 24 Hours
2121 Kaen Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
Phone: 503-650-3180
Fax: 503-650-3176

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