Shay Bilchik, Administrator
  August 1999
From the Administrator

If we are to hold juvenile offenders accountable for their delinquent acts, accountability must be integrated into every aspect of the juvenile court and probation processes. Focus on Accountability: Best Practices for Juvenile Court and Probation provides helpful information on how to do just that. The Bulletin sets forth what is entailed in holding offenders accountable, details the roles of the juvenile court and probation department, identifies key elements of programs that promote accountability, and describes effective community-based initiatives.

We are excited that the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grants Program affords juvenile courts and probation departments new opportunities to strengthen our Nation's juvenile justice system and renew public confidence in its administration of justice by holding offenders accountable. It is my hope that Bulletin will assist your efforts to promote accountability.

Shay Bilchik


Focus on Accountability: Best Practices for Juvenile Court and Probation


Points of view or opinions expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of OJJDP or the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office for Victims of Crime.

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