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Law-related education and juvenile justice : promoting citizenship among juvenile offenders
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Teen courts, a term used here to include youth courts, peer juries, peer courts, student courts, and other courts using juveniles in determining the sentences of juvenile offenders, have rapidly gained popularity in the s. In there were over 50 teen courts in 14 states; by , the number of teen courts had grown to more than in 45 states and Washington, DC. The growing popularity of teen courts is compelling evidence that they are fulfilling a recognized need. Young offenders voluntarily choose teen court, with parental approval, as an alternative to an existent sentencing agency or disciplinary office. Teen court sentences commonly include community service hours , jury duty up to 12 times , restitution, and apologies.