In Teen Courts, Peers Sentence Peers

In Teen Courts, Peers Sentence Peers

In a teen court, the roles of jurors, lawyers, and sometimes even judges are played by teenagers. The defendants are youths as well, and they're typically being tried for a low-level crime such as trespassing or vandalism. Most youth courts require the defendant to acknowledge guilt before the proceedings, and punishments tend to center around community service.


Key Facts In This Video

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    Youth courts try teens between the ages of 10 and 18 who are first-time offenders of low-level crimes. (0:21)

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    There are more than 1,000 teen courts in operation today. (1:10)

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    Research suggests that the implementation of teen courts leads to lower recidivism rates. (1:50)

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