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Judge and jury of their peers

Run by teenagers, youth courts increasingly handing down justice

Christy Oglesby, September 11, 2000

… Nine years ago, there were about 50 such courts. Now judicial watchers estimate there are at least 500. Most of them have existed less than five years.
… “Justice should do more than impose a penalty,” Butts said. “The theory is that fines have less effect than having to confront the impact of the behavior. It’s easier to not care when you don’t have to meet the victim and see how it affected them.”

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