Authors: Urban Institute
August 1, 2001
Urban Institute

This transcript, from one of a series of public interest discussions (WAMU, American University in Washington, D.C), looks at teen courts in Washington, D.C. Teen courts around the nation are for young first-time offenders who commit smaller infractions, like shoplifting, vandalism, and possession of alcohol. The idea is to put that often troublesome phenomenon, peer pressure, to good use by trying young offenders in front of a jury of their peers, with teenage prosecuting and defense attorneys, teenage court clerks, and bailiffs.