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ERIC Number: EJ867928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1089-5701
Made in America: The Global Youth Justice Movement
Peterson, Scott Bernard
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v18 n2 p48-52 2009
For an increasing and record number of communities in America and now in other countries, youth courts are providing a positive alternative to the juvenile justice system with significant and unexpected favorable outcomes. Youth court is most commonly identified as a juvenile justice program, given that the vast majority of youth cases referred are from police, probation, juvenile and family court, and even many of the school referrals for crimes and offenses. Youth courts in America are also called teen courts, peer courts, student courts, and youth peer courts. Youth court is set apart from other juvenile justice programs in that it utilizes peers to help determine the appropriate sentence for other youth who have committed a crime or offense. With more than 1,200 local youth court programs in America--Europe, Australia, Asia, and Canada are now implementing this model to harness the positive peer influence of youth volunteers to reduce juvenile crime.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Asia; Australia; Canada; United States