TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Barry Kolar on Apr 25, 2014

Nearly 100 Metro Nashville Public School students and teachers gathered earlier this week for the Davidson County Youth Court Training Conference. Three Nashville high schools -- Antioch, McGavock and Whites Creek  -- are preparing to implement new Youth Courts, diversionary programs which are now in place in 16 counties across the state. The courts  allow non-violent, first-time offenders the opportunity to have their cases heard by a jury of students their own age. TBA Youth Courts Coordinator Denise Bentley says that fewer than 7 percent of respondents who participate in Tennessee youth courts re-offend within a year.