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Elmira Youth Court Accepting Applications For New Members

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The Elmira City Youth Court is currently having their membership drive for 2018.

Training sessions will begin on Sunday, 10/14/18, and run for seven weeks with the Bar Exam being given the final week.

Applicants must be in grades 7 – 11 and attend school and/or live in the Elmira area.

 Elmira Youth Court Court is an alternative to the criminal justice system for young people who have committed a crime or an offense. It was started in Elmira in 1997 as a proactive response to increasing juvenile crime. Rather than allow the situation to spiral out of control, Police Chief Michael Ciminelli and the Elmira City Council adopted the Youth Court Program which was then developed by Rick Kallenborn. 

Youth Court is a diversion program that gives first-time offenders a chance to avoid entering the criminal justice system or Family Court. It holds these youthful offenders accountable for their actions as they are judged by their peers. It also gives members an opportunity to work in the criminal justice system firsthand, prosecuting, defending, and judging the actions of their peers. The goal of Youth Court is to intervene in early anti-social, delinquent, and criminal behavior, and to reduce the incidence and prevent the escalation of such behavior. The Elmira Youth Court is one of the busiest in the state, handling more than 300 cases a year.

If you are interested in becoming part of the Youth Court Team and would like to receive an application, please call the Elmira City Youth Court office at 607-737-5802.     You may also email us with your questions or interest to lmiller@cityofelmira.net

Applications must be returned no later than Friday, October 12th.

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