For Young Offenders, a Jury of Their Peers – NYTimes.com

For Young Offenders, a Jury of Their Peers – NYTimes.com.

October 13, 2011, 8:30 pm

For Young Offenders, Hope in a Jury of Their Peers

On Saturday mornings at the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse of Washington D.C.’s Superior Court, an alternative form of justice is at work.  In the ground-floor courtrooms there are trials going on — with juries, defendants, bailiffs and judges.  But everyone involved is a  teenager.

This is the Youth Court of the District of Columbia, designed to give first-time non-violent offenders between 12 and 17 a way to stay out of the formal juvenile justice system.  Cases are heard by juries truly composed of the offenders’ peers: other teenagers who have been through the same process — some as recently as the week before.

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