Announcement from the Riverside Police Department:
Riverside Youth Court is accepting applications for its September 15th training session. The session runs from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and will be held at the YMCA, located at 4020 Jefferson Street in Riverside.
Riverside Youth Court is an innovative approach to juvenile justice and acts as an early intervention for first-time offenders of misdemeanor crimes. It is designed to give youth between the ages of 10 and 17, who have broken the law and admitted their guilt, a second chance.
Those who are eligible for the program will have the case heard in a real courtroom with youth serving as prosecuting and defense attorneys, court clerks, bailiffs and jurors. An actual judge will preside, but the youth jury will determine the sentence.
The Riverside Youth Court is also designed to educate youth about the juvenile justice system. Through direct participation, youth court addresses the juvenile’s responsibility for his or her behavior and holds juveniles accountable to their community and peers. Involvement in youth court, either as a respondent or as a volunteer, increases their respect for the judicial process.
Community service hours are given for all training and jury sessions.
The class size is limited to 100 people, with seats given to the first candidates to complete their reservations online at www.rpdonline.org/YouthCourt or by clicking HERE.
Reservations must be submitted by September 13th.
For more information, contact Officer Mark Reddick or Officer Regina Quillen at 951-826-5959 or 951-826-5544 or by e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
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