Teen Court back in Tahoe after two-year break

By From page A3 | September 19, 2012

By Axie Navas
Starting in October, middle- and high-school students in El Dorado County can get an up-close view of the juvenile justice system, without having to commit a crime beforehand. The Teen Court program, which first came to the county 20 years ago, will return to South Lake Tahoe after a two-year hiatus caused by staffing shortages. According to a El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency press release, Teen Court offers young offenders an alternative to the traditional justice system while providing a chance for teens to learn about what goes on in a courtroom.
“They get a feel for what’s going on in the juvenile justice field,” Senior Deputy Probation Officer for El Dorado County Vanessa Wood said. “It’s a great opportunity. The local attorneys, everyone gets involved. And it’s exactly what these low-level offenders need. It’s a wake-up call.”

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