Teen peer court sentences L.A. juvenile offenders.

Author:Ferreria, Jeanelle
Position:News Briefs - Dorsey High School in South Los Angeles, California - Brief article

At Dorsey High School in South Los Angeles, student jurors and a presiding judge give verdicts and pass real sentences on teen defendants. The Christian Science Monitor reported on this peer court, one of 17 in Los Angeles, where first offenders are tried for misdemeanors such as drug possession, prostitution, theft and assault. Sentences may include a letter of apology, along with drug testing, counseling and academic probation. The theory behind the teen courts is simple: Teens understand the kinds of restitution that will work to modify...

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