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Title: Roosevelt High School Teen Court


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Roosevelt High School Teen Court

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Teen Court Philosophy
  • Teen Court is a form of restorative justice.
    Under this philosophy, victims, their families,
    and the community are seen as the recipients of
    harm caused by an offender. Restorative justice
    has roots in Native American community healing
    practices.
  • Teen Courts are rooted in the belief that the
    students who volunteer to participate as jurors,
    clerks, and bailiffs, and the juvenile offender
    will benefit from participation.
  • The premise is that a juvenile offender will not
    continue delinquent behavior after participating
    in a judicial process in which a jury of their
    peers determines that he/she violated the law and
    recommends an appropriate consequence.

3
Typical Offenses Youth Courts will Accept
Percentage of Youth Courts that Accept this Type
of Offense
  • Theft 91
  • Vandalism 76
  • Alcohol 73
  • Disorderly Conduct 73
  • Assault 67
  • Possession of Marijuana 60
  • Tobacco 59
  • Curfew Violations 50
  • School Disciplinary 45
  • Traffic Violation 39
  • Truancy 39
  • Trespassing 38
  • Criminal Mischief 30
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 24
  • Other drug offenses 20
  • Harassment 21
  • Fraud 8

Statistical Data from National Youth Court Center
www.youthcourt.net
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The Los Angeles Model
  • Honorable Superior Court Judge - Jose Sandoval
    serves as the Volunteer Judge at Roosevelt High
  • Student volunteers take on the roles of
  • Jurors
  • Court Clerks
  • Bailiffs
  • Interpreters

Student interpreter assists Spanish speaking
parent.
5
A Fair Trial
  • Los Angeles Teen Court does not require that
    minors admit guilt.
  • Jurors are responsible for weighing evidence, the
    minors version of the incident and their
    credibility to determine guilt and/or sentencing.

Judge Sandoval listens intently to respondent
charged with battery on school property.
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Guilty?
  • Minors come to court either admitting guilt or
    with an explanation of their innocence.
  • The teen jurors must ask questions and gather
    enough information to render a verdict and/or
    recommend a fair sentence.

Judge Sandoval and Judge Wesley give teen court
jury pool pre-trial instructions.
7
Sentencing
  • Jurors are encouraged to be creative when
    sentencing offenders, yet they are given the
    following suggestions.
  • Letter(s) of Apology
  • Curfew / Association
  • Counseling / Tutoring
  • Community Service (min. 10 hrs.) (max. 120 hrs.)
  • Jury Duty
  • Essay
  • Incarceration or fines are not allowed.

8
Superior Court Collaboration with GRP
  • The Roosevelt High School Teen Court is the
    newest program in Los Angeles and is a result of
    partnership between the Court, the Mayors Office
    (GRP), Probation Dept. and the LA school
    district.
  • Any minors who are picked up in the GRP area will
    be flagged for GRP services including Teen Court.
    Minors who attend Roosevelt will be referred to
    Wilson High Schools Teen Court. (This is done
    to prevent jurors from knowing the defendant).
  • GRP services are offered to Teen Court defendants
    even after the mandatory 6-month probation period
    for Teen Court participants ends.

9
Teen Court Provides Students Community
  • A better understanding of the juvenile justice
    system.
  • A better understanding of recurring delinquency
    problems among juveniles.
  • An intimate look at the judicial system.
  • Exposure to careers in law/court related
    professions.
  • Exposure to the serious consequences of juvenile
    delinquency.
  • A meaningful role in helping restore the
    community.

10
Teen Court Provides the Juvenile Offender
  • The opportunity to have their verdict of guilt or
    innocence, and if applicable, their sentence
    decided by people in their own peer group as
    opposed to an adult judge.
  • Offers a convicted juvenile offender the
    incentive of having no record of a criminal
    conviction if the sentence imposed is completed
    within a six month period.
  • If the juvenile offender fails to comply with the
    conditions of informal probation for the entire
    six month period, the offender is transferred
    back into the traditional juvenile justice system
    for adjudication. This informal probation, early
    intervention program is authorized by Welfare and
    Institutions Code Sections 236 and 654.

11
Roosevelt High Teen Court Kick-Off
  • On May 24, 2006 Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
    kicked-off our first Teen Court session at
    Roosevelt High School.

Mayor Villaraigosa addresses the audience at the
inaugural session of the Roosevelt Teen Court.
12
Case 1 - Petty Theft
  • On March 11, 2006, At approximately 809pm. A
    loss prevention officer observed the minor and
    her two companions taking selected items from the
    various display racks and tables. All three
    suspects enter the fitting room and exited the
    fitting room without the items. The minor and
    her companions were detained after they exited
    the store without purchasing the items.

13
Disposition
  • 80 hours of community service.
  • Curfew between the hours of 600pm and 600am.
  • Cooperate in an individual and/or family
    counseling program.
  • Write a letter of apology to J.C. Penney.
  • Attend 5 Teen Court sessions at Roosevelt H.S.
    for 3 hrs. of community service credit for each
    attendance.

14
Future Partnerships Innovation
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Hollenbeck Middle School
  • Stevenson Middle School
  • Public Counsel of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles Center for Law Justice
  • Los Angeles School Police Explorer Program
  • Los Angeles County
  • One Teen Court per Judicial District and,
    eventually, Teen Courts at every major high
    school.
  • Stopping Hate and Delinquency by Empowering
    Students (SHADES).
  • Model for future collaboration with gang
    reduction efforts.
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