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. 

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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.

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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).

 

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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.

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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.

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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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Creating a Youth Court Operations Manual

Creating a Youth Court Operations Manual

A guide for practitioners, this resource is intended to help existing youth courts document, standardize, and maintain the high quality of their programs and help planners of new youth courts develop all of the policies and procedures necessary for a successful program.

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Youth Court Training Curriculum

Youth Court Training Curriculum

A complete curriculum for training young people to serve on a youth court. The curriculum includes over 23 classroom hours, broken into 50-minute lesson plans. Download includes introductory information and a sample lesson plan; contact us for the complete curriculum.

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Youth Court Planning Guide

Youth Court Planning Guide

A comprehensive framework for starting a school- or community-based youth court from scratch. The guide provides an overview of the youth court model and prompts planners to consider, examine, and decide on all elements of a youth court’s operation, from staffing to referrals to sanctions.

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Recommended Practices Manual for New York Youth Courts

Recommended Practices Manual for New York Youth Courts

The manual draws from the experiences of successful programs across the state to provide youth court coordinators with resources, tools, and guides for effective youth court operations.

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Kids, Courts and Communities: Lessons from the Red Hook Youth Court

Kids, Courts and Communities: Lessons from the Red Hook Youth Court

By David C. Anderson

A comprehensive look at a youth court in Brooklyn, including program structure, lessons learned, challenges and snapshots of real court cases.

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