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NCJ Number: 162249 Find in a Library
Title: Naperville Police Department Youth Jury
Corporate Author: Naperville Police Dept
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Naperville Police Dept
Naperville, IL 60540
Sale Source: Naperville Police Dept
1350 Aurora Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Model)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The police department of Naperville, Ill. uses an innovative program called the Youth Jury, an organization of students of high school age who serve as an adjunct to the diversion programs of the agency's youth services unit.
Abstract: The Youth Jury provides an alternative to court for first-time admitted juvenile offenders who have committed minor offenses in which there are no restitution issues or extensive family problems. The Youth Jury acquaints these offenders with the law and judicial procedures and provides a nonthreatening setting in which offenders can interact with jurors consisting of their peers, instead of another authority figure. Jury members volunteer to take part. They meet monthly to hear cases and assign consequences, which usually consist of community service. The jury is designed to empower area youth to take part actively in the juvenile justice system. Through a cooperative effort involving youth, local government, and business, the Youth Jury encourages responsible youths to contribute to the law enforcement efforts. It benefits the community by providing voluntary public service, prevents crime through positive peer pressure, and has demonstrated its benefits. Forms and reprints of newspaper articles.
Main Term(s): Juvenile diversion programs
Index Term(s): Alternative court procedures; Juries; Juvenile processing; Peer influences on behavior; Volunteer programs
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