Repairing harm, reducing risk, creating opportunity.
In 1996, Deschutes County became the first county in the nation to pass its initial resolution adopting the principles of Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ). Deschutes County Board of Commissioners reaffirmed their support with a 2003 BARJ resolution.
Balanced consideration of community protection, offender accountability and competency development bring clarity and reason to juvenile justice issues. This comprehensive philosophy speaks to every aspect of delinquency, accountability, treatment and prevention. These three principles, fully implemented, create a juvenile justice system that truly operates in the best interests of the child and community.