§49-5B-2. Purpose and intent.
It is the purpose and intent of the Legislature to provide for
the creation of all reasonable means and methods that can be
established by a humane and enlightened state, solicitous of the
welfare of its children, for the prevention of delinquency and for
the care and rehabilitation of juvenile delinquents and status
offenders. It is further the intent of the Legislature that this
state, through the department of health and human resources,
establish, maintain, and continuously refine and develop, a
balanced and comprehensive state program for juveniles who are
potentially delinquent or are status offenders or juvenile
delinquents in the care or custody of the department.