Borderland Teen Court is a student led organization that strives to provide insight into the field of law for young adults while providing a positive influence on at risk youth. Borderland Teen Court serves as a second chance for troubled youth. The individuals that are represented in teen court typically receive an alternative punishment. The members of teen court are appointed to be either prosecution or defense.
About — Borderland Teen Court
Lawrence County Teen Court is a c 3 non-profit. This program exists solely on community support, grants, fund-raising and donations. We would appreciate your consideration. Any amount is appreciated AND tax deductible. To date, there are 12 active teen courts in the State of South Dakota, at least one in each judicial circuit. Court is conducted in the Lawrence County Courthouse on the first and third Monday nights of the month.
Sumter County Clerk of the Courts
How does a Teen Court Work? Upon successful completion of the program charges against the defendant are dismissed. In addition to the obvious benefit of interrupting a developing pattern of inappropriate behavior, the Teen Court program helps to reinforce self-esteem, provide motivation for self-improvement and promote a healthy attitude toward authority.
Youth courts, also called peer juries and teen courts, represent an alternative approach to juvenile justice that holds non-violent, juvenile respondents accountable though a sentence imposed by their peers. Youth courts operate through a collaboration between schools, juvenile justice agencies, non-profit agencies, and the community. Offenders admit guilt and accept an individualized sentence which may include community service, apology letters to victims, youth court jury duty, and counseling.