Global Youth Justice, Inc. They are volunteer-driven, inexpensive, adaptable, practical, scaleable, and are replicating widely in urban, rural, suburban and tribal settings. And — Adults and youth from hundreds of additional communities around the globe are in various stages of implementing one of these rapidly expanding affordable and youth-led diversion programs. Global Youth Justice champions the quality implementation, enhancement, and expansion of these rapidly expanding diversion programs around the globe. These rapidly expanding local volunteer-driven diversion programs harness positive peer pressure and utilize it in a peer judgment setting to help address the anti-social, delinquent, and criminal behavior of youthful offenders.
Background and History
Sarasota Teen Court - HISTORY
A teen court sometimes called youth court or peer court is a problem-solving court within the juvenile justice system where teens charged with certain types of offenses can be sentenced by a jury of same-aged peers. Depending on their training, community support, and agreements with traditional court systems, most teen or youth courts are recognized as valid, legal venues for the process of hearing cases , sentencing and sentence fulfillment. Teen courts and their verdicts are not authorized by public law. Teen courts are staffed by youth volunteers who serve in various capacities within the program, trained and acting in the roles of jurors , lawyers , bailiffs , and clerks.
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An innovative youth jury program operating in Grand Prairie and Odessa, Texas was meeting with great success through the use of diversion programs for juvenile offenders and by providing opportunities for civic engagement for student volunteers. Local community leaders and judicial officers determined that the concept could have a positive impact on the youth of Sarasota County. Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc. In , F.
This is an introduction to Juvenile Justice in America. Since the s, youth crime rates have plummeted. These falling crime rates have led many jurisdictions to rethink the punitive juvenile justice practices that became popular in the s and s. Today, states are instituting major systemic reforms designed to reduce institutional confinement, close old 19 th century era reform schools, and expand community-based interventions. In the late 18 th and early 19th century, courts punished and confined youth in jails and penitentiaries.