Oversight: This program receives funding and/or oversight by DPS.
Length of service: 4 to 6 months
Teen Court uses volunteers to holds first-time offenders between the ages of 10 and 17 years accountable and personally responsible for their actions by assigning immediate consequences. By participating in Teen Court, the offender is given the chance to change their behavior and make amends for their actions without obtaining a criminal record. The component uses Sentencing or Responsive Circles or Adult-Judge model as appropriate.