Crime Prevention Programs in USA: An Analysis of Teen Courts

2558 Words Jan 10th, 2018 10 Pages
The main intent of these courts is to ensure that the youth of US becomes aware of the law that is extended and applied to them and must not feel exempted from legal jurisdiction just because of their age. However, there have been concerns about the increasing number of teen courts as the skeptics believe that it misleads the public regarding actual nature of the legal structure present in United States. Even then, various states in US are showing expediting progress in setting up teen courts because of their effectiveness in crime prevention. Teen courts, which are also known as peer courts or youth courts are becoming appealing element of legal structure in United States because of its effectiveness in violent youth control. Where youth especially teenagers gain little attention in national legal structure for minors crimes like shoplifting which doesn't make them eligible for real punishments, teen courts ensure that youth is made to face a memorable lesson although unofficial in nature.
The very idea of teen courts emerged around fifty years ago. . In the 1940s, for example, teens in Mansfield, Ohio, served as judges and attorneys in a "Hi-Y" bicycle court, which heard cases involving minor traffic violations committed by bike-riding juveniles. The new idea of present day teen courts…
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