Source: (2004) Juvneile and Family Court Journal. Winter (2004):25-33.

Teen courts are on the increase throughout the United States. These courts provide an opportunity for youth offenders to receive sentences from their adolescent peers rather than from an adult panel or judge. Yet, we know very little about the teen jurors’ perspective or whether their sentences reflect restorative justice principles. In more than 100 youth juror surveys, teens describe their experiences as they develop sentences consistent with restorative justice tenets. Through their participation, youth jurors gain practical knowledge about and respect for the judicial system. The efficacy of the sentences is validated by high offender sentence completion. (author's abstract)