Youth Courts: An Empirical Update and Analysis of Future Organizational and Research Needs

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Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence

Third in a series of reports funded by the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention about youth courts in the United States, this report examines the day-to-day operations, volunteer activity, long-term functioning and resources available to the programs. The study is based on a national survey of youth courts that focused on program outcomes and administration. The findings provide guidance on how youth courts can build and sustain a sound organizational structure using volunteers and ex-offenders to prevent delinquent youth from repeating anti-social behaviors. Free, 48 pages. (202) 496-2200,