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Youth Court Benefits

A study released in 2002 by the Urban Institute found that only 6-9% of the juveniles who experienced youth court committed future offences. However, 18% of the young people who appeared before traditional juvenile courts were committed future offences. The Tennessee Youth Court Program enjoys a 93% success rate.  On average, fewer than 7% of youth participating in over1900 cases   commit another offense.

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Tennessee Youth Courts need you.

Interested in becoming an adult volunteer?


Would you like a Youth Court in your community?

Contact:
Denise D. Bentley, Tennessee Youth Court Program Coordinator
221 Fourth Avenue, North Ste 400
Nashville, TN 37219
dbentley@tnbar.org
615-277-3207 or toll free 800-899-6993

Youth/teen courts are recognized as a model program by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and a best practice for reducing disproportionate minority contact by the U.S. Department of Justice.