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.

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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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