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OJJDP Establishes a Youth Court Center.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will create a National Youth Court Center to provide training and technical assistance and serve as a clearing-house for youth court programs around the country. The $1 million center is being developed with cooperation from the U.S. departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Transportation.

Youth courts offer first-time juvenile offenders the opportunity to appear before a judge, jury and a counsel of their peers. Restitution, community service, counseling or an apology to the victim(s) are sanctions that may be imposed. There are 650 youth court programs in 49 states. These courts deal primarily with nonviolent offenders.

The center will be located in Lexington, Ky., at the American Probation and Parole Association's (APPA) headquarters. APPA also will provide nationwide training and technical assistance to state and local officials interested in starting youth court programs. Other partners include the American Bar Association, Phi Alpha Delta (a fraternity for lawyers and law students) and Street Law Inc.
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Title Annotation:Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Author:Klug, Elizabeth
Publication:Corrections Today
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2000
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