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January 15, 2013
The Harford County Teen Court is looking for adult and teen volunteers to participate in the youth diversion program run in cooperation with the local courts, social services and community service agencies, police and the county school system. The Harford County Teen Court was piloted in the spring of 2011as a diversion program to provide first-time, non-violent youth offenders with a second chance. Offenders agree to participate in the Teen Court program and, if successful, avoid becoming involved in the juvenile justice system.
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January 15, 2013
The Harford County Teen Court is looking for adult and teen volunteers to participate in the youth diversion program run in cooperation with the local courts, social services and community service agencies, police and the county school system. The Harford County Teen Court was piloted in the spring of 2011as a diversion program to provide first-time, non-violent youth offenders with a second chance. Offenders agree to participate in the Teen Court program and, if successful, avoid becoming involved in the juvenile justice system.
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February 7, 2012
The Harford County Teen Court will be offering training for youth and adult volunteers on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 4:30 p.m. at the Harford County District Court at 2 S. Bond St. in Bel Air. The Teen Court was piloted last spring and is approaching its first year of operation as a diversion program that provides first-time, non-violent youth offenders with a second chance. Offenders agree to participate in the Teen Court program and, if successful, avoid becoming involved in the juvenile justice system.
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February 7, 2012
The Harford County Teen Court will be offering training for youth and adult volunteers on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 4:30 p.m. at the Harford County District Court at 2 S. Bond St. in Bel Air. The Teen Court was piloted last spring and is approaching its first year of operation as a diversion program that provides first-time, non-violent youth offenders with a second chance. Offenders agree to participate in the Teen Court program and, if successful, avoid becoming involved in the juvenile justice system.
FEATURES
By Andrea Siegel and Andrea Siegel,SUN STAFF | April 13, 1998
Teen courts have multiplied across the country in the last decade, as grown-ups grasp for ways to cope with juvenile crime.Anne Arundel County's new Teen Court is the baby of nine members of last year's class of Leadership Anne Arundel, a nonprofit civic group that aims to teach adults about community, business and government dynamics.Some police were discussing peer justice one day, and soon the group was working with grant writers, prosecutors, teens and youth courts elsewhere. They landed an $89,000 federal grant to pay for Teen Court.
NEWS
March 14, 2002
Anne Arundel County police officials who help coordinate the county's teen court program have been honored by the Severn River Lions Club. Cpl. Donald W. Higdon, coordinator of the teen court program, received the club's 2002 We Serve award at the Lions Club annual dinner last week. Lt. Jason Little, commander of the county police youth services unit, was presented with a certificate of appreciation, and Jacqueline A. Bardelli, the Police Department's assistant coordinator of the court, was presented with a community service award.
NEWS
By Los Angeles Times | March 11, 1993
FORT WORTH, Texas -- In a wood-paneled courtroom packed with adolescents, 16-year-old Brandy Hommel is on trial.Her crime: driving 80 mph in a 55 mph zone."
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | November 13, 1997
Teen court, an alternative justice system for young people who get into trouble, is set to open in the Glen Burnie District Courthouse in January.County police officers made a final round of community visits this week to explain the teen court to residents of Severna Park and Pasadena, where the program might have the greatest impact.The program, modeled after 250 other teen courts nationwide -- including the only existing Maryland program, in Montgomery County -- is a pseudo-court created for and run by teens.
NEWS
July 3, 1997
A TEEN COURT in Anne Arundel County to handle first-time misdemeanor offenses committed by teen-agers is worth instituting.Given the nationwide consensus that the current juvenile justice system is overburdened, a carefully planned experiment with this approach in the county's Eastern police district, which stretches from Pasadena to Annapolis, makes a great deal of sense.Leadership Anne Arundel, a group of civic-minded youngprofessionals and business leaders, has been the force behind this proposal.
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By Consella A. Lee and Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF | June 25, 1997
A group of concerned citizens is working with county agencies to create a teen court in Anne Arundel County where youths who have committed their first misdemeanors would discuss what they had done and receive punishment from a jury of other teens.Teens can be much harder on each other than adults, said Penington "Penny" Hopkins, a member of Leadership Anne Arundel, a group of residents and professionals who discuss civic problems and suggest ways to remedy them.New York, Florida and Texas began experimenting with teen courts in 1983.
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September 1, 2011
The Harford County Department of Community Services Local Management Board has awarded $12,000 to the Harford County Sheriff's Office to conduct a teen court. Teen Court, piloted in the spring, provides first-time, non-violent youth offenders with a second chance. Offenders agree to participate in the Teen Court program, and if successful, avoid becoming involved in the juvenile justice system. Harford County District Court Judge Susan Hazlett presides over the court with a jury comprised of teens from throughout the county.
NEWS
By Melissa Harris and Melissa Harris,SUN REPORTER | January 27, 2008
Baltimore prosecutors have agreed to drop charges against two of the nine teenagers charged in the December beating of a woman and her boyfriend on a city bus if the youths complete 15 hours of community service, attend school regularly and stay out of trouble for the next three months, according to court records obtained by The Sun. On Thursday, Circuit Judge David W. Young signed two orders postponing the two boys' adjudicatory hearings - the equivalent...
NEWS
By Stephanie Hanes and Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2003
The young law professor argued passionately for free speech and constitutional rights - becoming so animated in his objections that an irate judge ordered the lawyers into his chambers. Baltimore County's second-ranking prosecutor calmly argued for the dignity of the state, the law and the police officers who protect it. In the middle of yesterday's Circuit Court hearing was an 18-year-old Eagle Scout from White Marsh hoping to reduce his traffic fine. For Ryan Blacker, the hearing was less about constitutional rights than about the chance to save money - his $30 fine had ballooned to $250 in May after a District Court judge heard that the teen swore as he drove away from the ticketing officer.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 16, 2003
When a group of county residents first asked Baltimore County Circuit Judge Lawrence R. Daniels to help them start a "teen court" - one where teen-agers serve as lawyers and jury and decide on punishments for young defendants - the judge was encouraging. With hundreds of these courts nationwide, and eight up and running in Maryland, Daniels did not think a push for the well-regarded program would raise concerns. But this month, Circuit Judge John G. Turnbull II, Baltimore County's administrative judge, essentially told Daniels to back off. The problem, in the eyes of the senior judge, was the same one that has been troubling courts and alternative justice programs elsewhere in Maryland and across the country: There is not enough money to go around.
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By Alec MacGillis and Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF | February 12, 2003
LEONARDTOWN - Jimmy Breeden, representing the state of Maryland in a disorderly conduct case, paced the hallway in the county courthouse, reviewing his notes before his client's hearing. He looked every part the prosecutor - conservative gray suit, yellow legal pad in hand - except for this: He is 14 years old. Breeden was taking part in St. Mary's County's new teen court, a program that allows first-time juvenile offenders to be sentenced by a jury of their peers, in a real courtroom where everyone from lawyers to bailiffs is a teen-ager.
NEWS
March 14, 2002
Anne Arundel County police officials who help coordinate the county's teen court program have been honored by the Severn River Lions Club. Cpl. Donald W. Higdon, coordinator of the teen court program, received the club's 2002 We Serve award at the Lions Club annual dinner last week. Lt. Jason Little, commander of the county police youth services unit, was presented with a certificate of appreciation, and Jacqueline A. Bardelli, the Police Department's assistant coordinator of the court, was presented with a community service award.
FEATURES
By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | April 13, 1998
Maybe 40 teen-agers roam the corridors, girls gabbing about whatever, boys leaning against the wall, eyes darting for friends.It could be, you know, the mall. But it's the second floor of Maryland District Court in Glen Burnie on the last Wednesday night of the month.This is the face of justice, and it doesn't shave yet. In Anne Arundel County Teen Court, these teen-agers, fashionably attired in hair scrunchies on the wrists and jeans baggy enough to hide a Volkswagen bug, are deciding how to punish other teen-agers who admit to minor crimes.
NEWS
By Alec MacGillis and Alec MacGillis,SUN STAFF | February 12, 2003
LEONARDTOWN - Jimmy Breeden, representing the state of Maryland in a disorderly conduct case, paced the hallway in the county courthouse, reviewing his notes before his client's hearing. He looked every part the prosecutor - conservative gray suit, yellow legal pad in hand - except for this: He is 14 years old. Breeden was taking part in St. Mary's County's new teen court, a program that allows first-time juvenile offenders to be sentenced by a jury of their peers, in a real courtroom where everyone from lawyers to bailiffs is a teen-ager.
NEWS
By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | July 25, 2001
A teen-ager who was found responsible for a shooting that left an El Salvadoran immigrant paralyzed from the chest down is asking a Howard County judge to approve his transfer from a restrictive state-licensed private school to a residential setting that will give him more freedom. The 18-year-old Ellicott City man's request drew about 20 friends of the victim, Oscar Antonio Lopez-Sanchez, to a hearing in Howard County Circuit Court yesterday and sparked a 200-signature petition that asked Judge Dennis M. Sweeney not to "release [the teen]
NEWS
By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,SUN STAFF | November 25, 1998
Five years after it started, Leadership Anne Arundel is growing into a behind-the-scenes force in the county, its graduates taking public office and their class projects creating institutions.The Annapolis training program, one of 12 in the state, offers county officials, activists and business people an in-depth view of local programs. Its alumni directory reads like a local Who's Who, listing bank officers next to community activists.Two graduates of the nonprofit program, Pamela G. Beidle and Barbara Samorajczyk, won seats on the County Council in November.
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