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									Roosevelt High
 Teen Court
      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.
    Typical Offenses Youth Courts
              will Accept
             Percentage of Youth Courts that Accept this Type of Offense

   Theft 91%                               Traffic Violation 39%
   Vandalism 76%                           Truancy 39%
   Alcohol 73%                             Trespassing 38%
   Disorderly Conduct 73%                  Criminal Mischief 30%
   Assault 67%                             Possession of Drug
   Possession of Marijuana                  Paraphernalia 24%
    60%                                     Other drug offenses 20%
   Tobacco 59%                             Harassment 21%
   Curfew Violations 50%                   Fraud 8%
   School Disciplinary 45%

     Statistical Data from National Youth Court Center    
     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:           Student interpreter assists Spanish speaking parent.

    •   Jurors
    •   Court Clerks
    •   Bailiffs
    •   Interpreters
                   A Fair Trial
   Los Angeles Teen Court
    does not require that
    minors admit guilt.

   Jurors are responsible for
    weighing evidence, the
    minor’s version of the
    incident and their
    credibility to determine
                                  Judge Sandoval listens intently to
    guilt and/or sentencing.     respondent charged with battery on
                                          school property.
                                                  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
 Judge Sandoval and Judge Wesley give
                                                   recommend a fair
teen court jury pool pre-trial instructions.       sentence.
     Jurors are encouraged to be creative when sentencing
             offenders, yet they are given the following

1.    Letter(s) of Apology
2.    Curfew / Association
3.    Counseling / Tutoring
4.    Community Service (min. 10 hrs.) (max. 120 hrs.)
5.    Jury Duty
6.    Essay
7.    Incarceration or fines are not allowed.
    Superior Court Collaboration with
   The Roosevelt High School Teen Court is the newest
    program in Los Angeles and is a result of partnership
    between the Court, the Mayor’s 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
    School’s 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.
      Teen Court Provides
     Students & Community
1)   A better understanding of the juvenile justice system.
2)   A better understanding of recurring delinquency
     problems among juveniles.
3)   An intimate look at the judicial system.
4)   Exposure to careers in law/court related professions.
5)   Exposure to the serious consequences of juvenile
6)   A meaningful role in helping restore the community.
       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.
        Roosevelt High Teen Court
                                                   On May 24, 2006
                                                   Mayor Antonio
                                                   kicked-off our
                                                   first Teen Court
                                                   session at
                                                   Roosevelt High
Mayor Villaraigosa addresses the audience at the
inaugural session of the Roosevelt Teen Court.     School.
   Case # 1 - Petty Theft
On March 11, 2006, At approximately
 8:09pm. 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.
 80 hours of community service.
 Curfew between the hours of 6:00pm and 6:00am.
 Cooperate in an individual and/or family counseling
 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.
          Future Partnerships &
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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