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ERIC Number: ED464861
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Pages: 18
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Teen Courts: A Focus on Research. OJJDP Bulletin.
Butts, Jeffrey A.; Buck, Janeen
The teen court concept has gained popularity in recent years as juvenile courts have had to deal with increased numbers of serious, violent, and chronic juvenile offenders. Its acceptance has been fueled, in part, by positive anecdotal reports from those involved with this peer-centered approach. Growing from a handful of programs in the 1960s, the number of teen courts (or youth courts) now operating in the United States has been estimated to be as high as 675. Communities across the nation continue to demand better information and assistance with which to start or enhance their own teen courts. This bulletin aims to help address that demand by providing information about the characteristics of established teen courts and the operational and managerial challenges they face. It also summarizes the evaluation literature on teen courts. The bulletin provides a background overview; explains the teen court concept; and discusses a national survey conducted by the Urban Institute. (Contains 9 figures, 5 tables, and 19 references.) (BT)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.