Source: (1988) Juvenile and Family Court Journal 39(3):1-63

A special issue on juvenile probation presents the essence of a 1987 national conference in New Orleans that examined model programs, reviewed research, debated legislation and shared practical experiences. The "balanced approach" incorporates 3 traditional goals of probation: protecting the community, imposing accountability for offenses, and equipping juvenile offenders with the competencies to live productively and responsibly in the community. Operation of the balanced approach is illustrated in Deschutes County, OR, Austin, TX and the Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin. Implementing steps and the research basis of the balanced approach are outlined.