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Crownpoint Teen Court

Program Type: Promising Practice -Programs not formally evaluated (or formal evaluation is not yet complete) but identified by experts as programs with results suggesting efficacy and worthy of further study in broader pilot implementation efforts.

Crownpoint Teen Court is the only community-run, Native American youth court program in the Navajo Nation. Teen Court is a real justice program run by teens for teens. Juvenile’s aged 12 through 17 who have committed a misdemeanor crime appear before a jury of their peers. Teen Court is offered as a positive experience to divert a first time teen offender away from a pattern of criminal behavior. Cases heard in Teen Court involve crimes such as shoplifting, truancy, disorderly conduct, destruction of property and possession of alcohol or marijuana possession. In Teen Court, volunteer teens perform the roles of the prosecuting and defense attorneys, bailiff, clerk and jury. The Judge is the only adult directly involved in the court proceedings. By bringing the teens before a jury of their peers, which sentences them to constructive service in a community service organization and jury duty, this program seeks to deter teens from future unlawful behavior, while providing direct experience in the judiciary system and an understanding of their future role as a productive citizen. Benefits of the Program: Provides a cost-saving alternative to District Court [average cost of operating a teen court is $32,822] As it involves the entire community, Teen Court increases public appreciation of the legal systems and enhances community/court relationships, encouraging greater respect for the law among youth and promoting volunteerism among adults and youth. Youth receive hope for the future, connection with their elders, their culture-based community service partners and others, knowing they are an integral part of the community. Since the inception in December 2001, the program reports an impressive 94 percent success rate with only 6 percent of the 1,078 youth having re-offended.

Age Group(s):

Site Type(s):
Community, School

Health Indicator(s):
Excessive Alcohol Consumption , Substance Abuse

Service Area:

Alcohol/substance abuse prevention, Leadership

Overall Cost: $32,822.00

Name: Beverly Bowman
Site or Location Name: Crownpoint Service Unit
5300 Homestead Rd NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico, NM 87110
Phone: 505-248-4238

Primary Contact Name: Beverly Bowman
Site or Location Name: Crownpoint Service Unit
P.O. Box 358
Crownpoint, NM 87313
Phone: 505-786-6240