Brooke County is working on a unique program to keep juveniles accountable for their actions, and they’re in need of youth volunteers.
The “Teen Court Program” started last year, and it gives parents the chance to put their child into the program if they have gotten into trouble.
The program puts the offenders into a simulated court made up of their peers.
The offender is also ordered to do community service, and in some cases, pay restitution.
“The sentence always includes community service, it also includes this juvenile defendant coming back and serving on our jury after they’ve been sentenced. That way they’re becoming part of the process and they can help another child in their situation,” said Mary Ball, coordinator.
Teen Court is an alternative to the traditional juvenile justice system.
If you’re a student in grades 7 through 12 that would like to volunteer with the program, you can find an application at the website at brookehancockfrn.org/teen-court.
It allows first-time offenders to make amends for their mistakes without fines or long-term consequences.