Authors: Urban Institute
April 15, 2002
Urban Institute

Teen courts may be a positive alternative to the normal juvenile justice process for jurisdictions that want to expand intervention options for young, first-time juvenile offenders and reduce youth recidivism. Recidivism rates among teen court youth were similar and in some cases lower than those of youth in the regular juvenile justice system, according to a four-state evaluation by the Urban Institute. Findings from the evaluation were released by U.S. Assistant Attorney General Deborah J. Daniels at the National Youth Court Conference.