development and enhancement of a local community-based
continuum is achieved through a cooperative effort between
the state and its 21 counties through county youth services
commissions. The county youth services commissions were
established to examine the individual and unique needs
of youth in their communities and to develop programs
and sentencing options for their youth.
and research has demonstrated the value of responding
to the problems of youth within their own communities.
Local development of correctional programs for appropriate
youth can be more effective and less costly than placement
of youth in State administered programs.