One such option is Teen Court, a diversion program available to qualifying first-time juvenile offenders. Youth who get in trouble at school can be referred directly from law enforcement and School Resource Officers at the time of the incident. Other youth may be diverted from Juvenile and District Court rather than going through formal adult prosecution. Student defendants must agree to be held accountable for their actions by accepting and completing the sentence given by the peer jury. Youth volunteers learn how the judicial system works, and provide a valuable community service which may meet Beta Club, National Honor Society, or other school-related service requirements. Participating in Teen Court empowers youth to be decision makers, public speakers, and critical thinkers, and teaches them that even as youth, they have the ability to hold themselves and others to high standards of behavior in their schools and communities.
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Dates of Program first Monday, etc. April 25, end of year ceremony. Training sessions will last until approximately p. The length of Hearings will depend on how many cases are on the docket.
The Teen Court program is a partnership that challenges the entire community to take an active role in addressing juvenile crime and helping our youth understand and take responsibility for their citizenship. Cases are referred to Teen Court from juvenile probation and the juvenile court. The juvenile must be a first time offender and must admit guilt to participate.
One day after school last December, year-old Michael took the stand in a Brooklyn courtroom. His name has been changed since he is a minor. He had walked in with a scowl, but now looked like he was about to cry. The New York Police Department takes turnstile jumping very seriously. More than 37, people received incarceration time for fare evasion from to the first half of , according to state data ; 1, of them were minors.