The goals of the Pennsylvania Juvenile Justice System are:
• To hold the juvenile offender accountable for offenses committed. When a crime is committed obligations to the victim and community are incurred. Victims shall have the opportunity to be active participants in the juvenile process. Offenders shall take responsibility for making restitution and participate in structured activities that benefit the community. Responses should be individualized.
• To protect the community from known offenders. The public has a right to a safe and secure community. The level of restrictions shall be matched to the level of the risk. Adults and organizations can take an active role in juvenile crime prevention.
• To assist juvenile offenders in developing competencies. Juvenile offenders at discharge should be capable of being more productive and responsible members of the community.