Youth Courts, a better way?

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    "There are approximately 1,040 youth courts nationwide, and nearly 70 youth courts in California. Youth courts serve teenagers arrested on misdemeanor charges or a minor felony. A youth charged with an offense opts out of a hearing in juvenile court and agrees to a sentencing forum before a jury of peers. Teens in youth courts act in traditional courtroom roles such as attorney, clerk and bailiff, as well as serve on the jury. Sentences issued by the teen jury typically involve activities such as community service, written apologies, essays, educational workshops and jury service."

    For more information see:

    California Courts - Peer/Youth Courts

    or google Youth Courts for more background.

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    Why or why not is this a good idea in your view.


    To me it looks like one more way for kids to game the system before they face serious trouble.

    Interesting concept. If they face juries and judges who are also students, the verdicts might be a great deal harsher.
     
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    asking kids to participate in society and act like adults creates better adults
     
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    Of course some kids will 'game' the system, but the end game for them is juvenile court. There are volumes of data, studies and opinions on the merits of this concept. Your observation that kids will mete out grater punishments than would a probation officer or juvenile court referee/judge/commissioner are generally true. POs, prosecutors and triers of fact see serious crimes and repeat offenders, making the lesser offender too often an afterthought.

    The fact that kids develop an understanding of our system of law and justice first as defendants, and later as prosecutors/jurors defense attorney's and bailiffs intrigues me. Remember too, the only way to move up in the system is to first be found to have violated a rule or law, and to successfully fulfill the terms and conditions of 'probation', i.e., write an essay, a letter of apology, complete community service, etc. and then to serve as a juror.
     
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    Looks as if there is no interest in discussing topical issues; it's much easier to complain and troll (right grand pa?).
     
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    I don't agree. I think "Youth"...knows exactly what they are doing and should be punished just like an adult.
     
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    Im sorry. I'm a little confused how treating teens as children and separate from adults teaches them to act like adults.
     
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    Well, apparently three votes to continue doing the same thing we've been doing and expecting a different result. Sad, really really sad.
     
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    Agreed. The cry and whine that they are being treated like children and want to be treated as adults.... right up till they get into trouble.
     

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