An Official Website of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Our contention is that if peer pressure can be used to exert a negative influence, it likewise can be used as a positive force. Those who work with youth know just how instrumental peer pressure can be in the decision-making process of all young minds. Teen Court is based upon the premise that most young people want to do what is right when making decisions. Even those who may make the wrong choice due to external factors such as peer pressure are often gratified to learn that they have an opportunity to make amends.
This study sought to examine the impact of two Teen Courts operating in Los Angeles County, a juvenile justice system diversion program in which youth are judged by their peers and given restorative sentences to complete during a period of supervision. Administrative data were abstracted from Probation records for all youth who participated in these programs between January 1, and June 20, Logistic and survival models were used to examine differences in recidivism - measured as whether the minor had any subsequent arrest or arrests for which the charge was filed. While the magnitude of the program effects were fairly consistent across model specifications odd ratios comparing Teen Court [referent] to school-based Contract ranging from 1. While this study provides modest support for the positive impact of Teen Court, additional research is needed to better understand how juvenile diversion programs can improve youth outcomes.
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.
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.