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.
Read the full story here: The New York Times
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