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Unique In-School Court For Teens Keeps Students In School

Last updated on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

(UNDATED) - A central Indiana non-profit has received funding to implement a unique teen court program.

Reach For Youth recently received over $400,000 from Lilly Endowment, Indianapolis Foundation and Clowes fund to support an in-school teen court program.

Teen court has been used in Indiana for over 20 years. It allows students who admit a crime or offense to go before a jury of their peers instead of going through the traditional juvenile justice system.

Reach For Youth CEO Michelle Stoody-Campbell says the in-school program is the first of it's kind in the country. Stoody-Campbell says the new program will allow schools to deal with the students and keep them in the classroom.

Decatur Middle School partnered with Reach For Youth in the model program. Stoody-Campbell says the program will soon be implement in several central Indiana schools.

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