Teen Court: An Effective Intervention for Youth at Risk of Interpersonal Violence and Substance Abuse

Irons, E.Jane; Jones, Roland
December 2001
Journal of Correctional Education;Dec2001, Vol. 52 Issue 4, p149
Academic Journal
Teen court programs have become increasingly popular as the public demand for action to decrease youth violence continues. Since 1991, the number of teen court programs has increased 10% nationally. Studies of different teen court programs suggest sentences for community service, counseling, and substance abuse intervention decrease recidivism when compared to control groups (Beck, 1997; Williamson, Chalk, & Knepper. 1993; Zekner, 1997). Teen court models differ with respect to both sponsorship and management. The purpose of this article is to discuss a unique multi-agency collaborative model which has received both state and national recognition as a model program for youth violence reduction.


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