Teen Courts Expand To 950; A Low Cost Intervention

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Twice a month, teenagers come to a Montgomery County, Pa., courtroom, where small dramas play out and lessons in fair play unfold, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Taking on the roles of bailiff and judge, prosecutor and defender, the teens debate the fate of whoever appears in Youth Court. The program, run by Judge John Durkin in Pottstown, Pa., serves as a disciplinary board for teens who have been picked up by the police for misdeeds such as criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, or shoplifting. To participate, the teen must admit he, or she, did wrong. It is among 950 teen . . .

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