Jeffrey A. Butts and Jennifer Ortiz (2011). “Teen Courts – Do They Work and Why?” New York State Bar Association Journal, 83(1): 18-21.
Despite their popularity, there are many unanswered questions about the effectiveness of teen courts. The overall impression one gets from the evaluation literature is positive, but researchers have yet to identify exactly why teen courts work. Most important, studies have not yet investigated whether some teen court models are better than others.