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2015 - Community Report

2015 Community Report

“Resetting Perspective”

As an integral part of the District of Columbia’s juvenile justice system, the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) is afforded the opportunity to transform the process of healing, rehabilitation and restoration in our court-involved young people and their families. To successfully sustain such positive change, the process demands a force more powerful than fear, desperation or the desire for better outcomes for our youth and families. A true juvenile justice system transformation needs to rest firmly on a foundation of love - love for our youth, families, neighborhoods and overall community. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that true justice is in reality “love correcting that which revolts against love.” So if Dr. King is correct in his assertion that justice is love in action, then we must ask ourselves the question: “What does love look like in our juvenile justice system?”