CA County Drops Teen Court Glass Enclosure Plan, Will Close Courtroom


Marin County, Ca., court officials say they will drop a plan to put juvenile defendants in a glass enclosure and instead will shutter the only juvenile courtroom in the Bay Area's most prosperous county, says the Bay Citizen in San Francisco. The glass enclosure plan was abandoned after fierce opposition, and the plan to eliminate the courtroom also is being met with objections.

Court executive officer Kim Turner had defended the glass enclosure plan, saying the courts need to save money, and arguing that a rise in violent crime, and gang-related offenses, combined with the semi-rural location of the juvenile justice complex, made enhanced security necessary. The controversy reflects pressures that courts throughout California are facing in light of a $350 million cut in state funding (Marin is losing $1.25 million from its $18 million annual court budget.)

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