Source: (2009) U.S. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (Washington, DC)

The main objective of this Guide is to equip juvenile justice agencies with baseline information that will aid them in developing, implementing, and enhancing teen court programs as a viable alternative for juvenile offenders in their communities. As will be seen throughout this manual, teen courts nationwide share many of the same fundamental principles. However, the manner in which they function in their day-to-day operations can vary significantly from program to program. Program organizers should be aware of the similarities and differences among programs and institute a development process to result in a program that responds to and fulfill the unique needs of the local youth, juvenile justice system, and community. (excerpt)

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