JJCC's Approach to Juvenile Justice
JJCC believes that, wherever possible, children should be dealt out of the justice system. The formal justice system is an inadequate and ineffective way to deal with the challenges faced by those children and their communities. It is often a process that further exposes them to a violent and dangerous environment where children become hardened, victimised and more alienated from society. JJCC believes that even at its best, the formal justice system should deal only with a very small minority of children who have committed very serious crimes and represent a threat to themselves and or to society and thus the system should be child friendly.
JJCC aims to reduce incarceration while protecting children from violence, abuse and exploitation. So JJCC's work in juvenile justice focuses on reducing recourse to deprivation of liberty, through the promotion of non-custodial sanctions (counseling, suspense of sentences, and community based services) that support the reintegration of children into society and prevent re-offending behavior, restorative justice(promoting reconciliation, restitution and responsibility through the involvement of the child, family members, victims and communities, and diversion (directing children away from judicial proceedings and towards community solutions) that recognizes the causes of their behaviors and identify strategies at the community level to effectively prevent re-offending.
JJCC aimsto create a protective environment for children in conflict with the law, children's possibilities to coming in conflict with the law and child victims and witness which implies a systemic,multi-level approach that includes securing government commitment, building capacities of actors related justice system institutions, reforming laws and formulating policies, monitoring, changing peoples' attitudes as well as society as a wholeand providing rehabilitation and reintegration services.