Teen Courts In Alaska Short Of Operating Funds

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http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/062303/loc_youthcourt.shtml Alaska's 15 youth courts, which dispense justice to about 900 young offenders each year, need funds to keep operating. The courts have relied on a mix of federal grants and support from municipalities, corporations and Native organizations, as well as car washes and other fund-raisers, says the Juneau Empire. Staffed by amateur teenage attorneys and judges, the courts handle first-time youthful offenders who have committed crimes such as underage drinking, vandalism and shoplifting. Punishments usually include restitution . . .

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