Youth Court

Publications

Stepping Up: Strengthening Police, Youth, and Community Relationships

Stepping Up: Strengthening Police, Youth, and Community Relationships

By Members of the Youth Justice Board

This report, researched and presented by the 2014-15 Youth Justice Board, focuses on how teenagers with prior arrests can benefit from meaningful interventions and avoid further justice system involvement. It also provides recommendations to strengthen police-youth relationships in New York City. 

Interviews

Teenagers Learn about the Law as They Grapple with Cases of Bias & Bullying

Teenagers Learn about the Law as They Grapple with Cases of Bias & Bullying

The Stopping Hate and Delinquency by Empowering Students (SHADES) program is a teen court focusing on bullying and bias incidents. The program is run as a partnership of the Los Angeles Superior Court, Department of Probation, and the Museum of Tolerance. In this episode of New Thinking, David S. Wesley, presiding judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, and Camilo Cruz, director of community relations for the Los Angeles Superior Court, discuss the growth of the city's teen court program and unique features of the SHADES program.

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Publications

Youth Court as an Option For Criminal Court Diversion

Youth Court as an Option For Criminal Court Diversion

By Nancy Fishman

Originally published in the New York State Bar Association Journal in January 2011, this article describes how New York youth courts work to divert cases from criminal court.

Video

Youth Truancy Project

Youth Truancy Project

By Members of the Youth Justice Board

This video, created by the Youth Justice Board with support from the Mayor’s Interagency Taskforce on Truancy, Chronic Absenteeism & School Engagement, features members of the Youth Justice Board and the Greenpoint Youth Court. These students share the reasons that they go to school every day, and why they think going to school is important.

Publications

Youth Court as Diversion: Outcomes for Shoplifting Cases at the Staten Island Youth Court

Youth Court as Diversion: Outcomes for Shoplifting Cases at the Staten Island Youth Court

By Warren A. Reich

This study examines the impact of the Staten Island Youth Court on case outcomes for 16 and 17 year-olds arraigned on shoplifting charges and finds a sharp reduction in guilty pleas and an increase in conditional dismissals (with Youth Court participation typically serving as the condition).

 

Publications

From Absent to Present: Reducing Teen Chronic Absenteeism in New York City

From Absent to Present: Reducing Teen Chronic Absenteeism in New York City

By Members of the Youth Justice Board

This report, researched and written by the members of the 2012-13 Youth Justice Board, presents 10 recommendations with the goal of helping all teens attend school regularly.

Audio

Panel Discussion on School-Based Youth Courts

Panel Discussion on School-Based Youth Courts

Listen to high school staff and administrators at the Center's Youth Courts in Schools: A Peer-Based Approach to Discipline symposium discuss how introducing a school-based youth court affected their institutions. The discussion includes information about getting a youth court up and running, the challenges associated with operating a youth court, and the benefits of youth courts for participants, respondents, and the larger school community.

Publications

The Adolescent Diversion Program in New York: A Reform in Progress

The Adolescent Diversion Program in New York: A Reform in Progress

By Richard Ross and Alfred Siegel

This paper reviews the lessons learned from nine pilot court sites testing the Adolescent Diversion Program, which brings cases of 16- and 17-year-olds before specially trained judges, who have access to an expanded array of dispositions, including age-appropriate services. The Adolescent Diversion Program was created as a forerunner to “Raise-The-Age” legislation.

Interviews

Improving Youth Programming: The Role of Research

Improving Youth Programming: The Role of Research

Angela Irvine, director of research in the Criminal Justice Division of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, sat down for this podcast interview after participating in a research roundtable on youth courts that was sponsored by the Center for Court Innovation and the Lowenstein Family Foundation on July 18, 2012.  Irvine also discusses research into lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender justice-involved youth.

Video

Talking It Through: A Teen-Police Dialogue

Talking It Through: A Teen-Police Dialogue

Relationships between police officers and young people are often challenging and unfriendly. One way to reduce tension and increase respect is to bring these two groups together in conversation to speak honestly and learn more about their different perspectives.

The Youth Justice Board, an after school program operated by the Center for Court Innovation that gives young people the opportunity to be advocates for their peers, created this video Talking It Through: A Teen-Police Dialogue, which shows how positive communication can build stronger, friendlier relationships between police officers and young people.  

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Links

National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The National Council on Crime and Delinquency offers expertise in juvenile justice, criminal justice, child welfare, education, adult protection, and more. Features on its website include access to a multimedia publications library, online sign-up for a bi-monthly newsletter, a frequently updated blog, and upcoming events and webinars.

http://www.nccdglobal.org

Publications

Operations Manual Workbook

Operations Manual Workbook

This document allows youth courts to create their own operations manual using the template illustrated in the Creating a Youth Court Operations Manual  publication.

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