What is Teen Court? Find out here. Teen Court is a first time offenders program with alternative sentencing that is run for teens by teens and has been serving teens and families in our community since Teen Court is a nationally recognized early intervention and restorative justice program for juveniles ages , giving the offender a second chance while holding them accountable for their actions. The teen accepts responsibility for their offense, appears before a judge and their peers, and is sentenced. The goal of the Teen Court program is to interrupt developing patterns of criminal behavior by promoting feelings of self-esteem, motivation for self-improvement, and a healthy attitude toward authority.
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What is Teen Court? The courtroom is run by teens that sentence their peers with the intent of repairing the harm caused by the offender, and providing education to make better decisions for their future. Teen Court also offers an educational opportunity for teens who may be interested in the Criminal Justice field to earn community service and experience by becoming active members of the courtroom. Student volunteers went bowling and were recognized for all their hard work and dedication to the program!
Teen Court Program
How does a Teen Court Work? Upon successful completion of the program charges against the defendant are dismissed. In addition to the obvious benefit of interrupting a developing pattern of inappropriate behavior, the Teen Court program helps to reinforce self-esteem, provide motivation for self-improvement and promote a healthy attitude toward authority.
Required sanctions include payment of a program fee, service as a jury member, maintaining passing grades, attending a class designed to address the offending behavior, apologies to the victim and to the parent, and completion of skill packets based on the assessment scores. Teen Court youth give back to the community and make efforts to repair the harm caused by their behavior. In part, this reparation comes in the form of service to the community by assisting at local non-profit agencies.