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Youth Court provides alternative sentencing to first-time juvenile offenders in the District of Columbia and serves as a unique pre-petition diversion program for non-violent offenders.

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Youth Court enlists young people in creating a new kind of juvenile justice where youth juries have the power to impose a sentence on offenders and where non-violent youth can avoid formal prosecution for their offense by carrying out the sentence imposed by their peers.

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All youth who were diverted to Youth Court since January 2003, whether successful or unsuccessful, have only an 11% re-arrest rate one year from the date of original arrest. Read more about the recidivism rates here.

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Youth Court has a fourteen year history of providing successful peer-to-peer services to youth and is recognized as one of the largest youth courts in the nation.

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