Journal Articles and Studies
Bright, Dr. Charlotte, Young, Doug & Falls, Ben (2014). The Multijurisdictional Teen Court Evaluation: A Comparative Evaluation of Three Teen Court Models. Baltimore, MD: University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW), Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children, and the Institute for Governmental Service and Research. Report of the findings of a comprehensive 24 month evaluation of three Teen Court programs in Maryland,. To facilitate a better understanding of Maryland’s Teen Courts, this report presents data on the processes, outcomes, and perspectives of Teen Courts using data gathered in three geographically diverse programs in Maryland: Baltimore City, Charles County, and Montgomery County. The study also assessed recidivism data collected by matching cases from the three Teen Courts with data from the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. Overall, the study found that Maryland Teen Court Programs offer a positive alternative to traditional juvenile processing with lower recidivism rates. In addition, youth who do not complete the program recidivate faster than those who complete the program. These findings suggest that Teen Court programs impact recidivism rates positively. Moreover, Teen Court benefits both youth volunteers as well as young respondents, providing a meaningful service opportunity to youth and, in some cases, directing their future career choices. In responses to qualitative questions, youth respondents, their parents or guardians, youth volunteers, and adult volunteers share their perception that this is a valuable program for holding youth accountable while providing them with the opportunity to learn from their behavior.
For additional resources, go to the National Association of Youth Courts, General Information, Program Development and Enhancement.