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Title: Peer Justice and Youth Empowerment: An Implementation Guide for Teen Court Programs, November 1998 Update
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Author(s): Tracy M. Godwin ; David J. Steinhart ; Betsy A. Fulton
Corporate Author: American Probation and Parole Assoc
The Council of State Government
United States of America
Date Published: 11/1998
Page Count: 297
  Annotation: The primary objective of this guide is to provide juvenile justice agencies with baseline information that will assist them in developing, implementing, and enhancing teen court programs as a viable alternative for juvenile offenders in their communities.
Abstract: In teen courts, court officers (attorneys, court clerk, bailiff, jurors, and sometimes the judge) are all under the age of 19. In teen courts, juvenile defendants are both judged and sentenced by a jury of their peers. In addition to providing defendants with a true jury of their peers, such courts also provide valuable experience in the legal system to the many youth who volunteer to serve in teen courts. Teen courts, also known as youth courts, are emerging as a promising mechanism for holding accountable youth charged with status offenses, such as alcohol possession, and misdemeanor offenses, as well as for promoting and providing avenues for positive development. Teen courts provide jurisdictions with an alternative method for sanctioning these youthful offenders, whom the formal juvenile justice system often ignores due to a lack of resources and the need to focus on more serious offenses. Following an overview of the teen court concept, this guide presents a chapter on organizing the community to lay the groundwork for a teen court. A chapter then provides an overview of legal issues for teen courts, including issues of due process and consent, confidentiality, and liability. The development of program purpose, goals, and objectives is discussed in another chapter, followed by a chapter that addresses the determination of a target population and the design of a referral process. Remaining chapters focus on the design of program services; the development of a program model and procedures, as well as the implementation of effective case management practices; recruiting, using, and training volunteers; examining human and financial resource issues; and program evaluation. 55 figures, 4 tables, appended sample forms and materials, and 105 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile diversion programs
Index Term(s): Juvenile processing ; Misdemeanor ; Juvenile status offenses ; Peer assessment ; Positive peer culture ; Teen Courts
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Admin
United States of America

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
US Dept of Health and Human Services
United States of America
Grant Number: DTNH22-94-Z-05212
Sale Source: American Probation and Parole Assoc
P.O. Box 11910
The Council of State Government
Lexington, KY 40578-1910
United States of America

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Type: Instructional Material
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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