Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Twenty-six young people came to the 94th Precinct in Greenpoint to participate in a youth court training on Monday and Tuesday, December 29th and 30th. These young people are training to serve as jurors, judges, and advocates, handling real-life cases involving their peers. The goal of the youth court is to use positive peer pressure to ensure that youth committing low level infractions pay back the community and receive the help they need to avoid further involvement in the justice system. The youth court teaches young adults that actions have consequences. Because this message comes from their peers, it is more likely to be heard and understood. Thank you to all the high school students who came out during their winter vacation to start training!