Source: (1992) Federal Probation 56: 64-70.

Using the "balanced approach" model as a case study in adopting a new mission for juvenile probation, this essay examines problems that may occur when agencies fail to understand or commit to organizational changes required by the mission statement. The balanced approach sets forth 3 practical objectives as part of a revitalized mission for community supervision of juveniles: accountability, community protection and competency development. This article discusses the challenge for managers wishing to use the balanced approach as a mission statement for juvenile justice reform.