Local Rules & Policies
In its implementation of the mission
, the 20-L JCSU is often called on to establish local rules and policies not inconsistent with the mission statement. One of the ways the 20-L JCSU does that is to participate with the other agencies, citizens groups, and the larger community to further the larger goals and objectives. A continuing theme in the juvenile justice system of Loudoun County is to provide to the community an expertise in how to best respond and address delinquent behavior within the county borders. To better articulate this part of our mission, the following office policy was developed.
Loudoun County Court Service Unit Policy
To be the leader in the juvenile justice system of Loudoun County by practicing and asserting to others the sound principles of how to best respond to delinquent behavior:
- Do whatever necessary to extinguish the behavior, including to place the offender in an environment that prevents any further ability to continue the illegal behavior.
- "Consequence" the behavior . Provide a sufficient punishment to cause discomfort so that the juvenile will remember the pain of that choice.
- Equip them to make better choices. Increase the offender’s competency to choose better, or fulfill a lack in their personal system, in order to gain sufficient insight to change.
- Give the offender another opportunity to choose better. Provide an adequate environment or sufficient supervision to promote successful choices.