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Juvenile Gun Courts: Promoting Accountability and Providing Treatment
(NCJ 187078) May 2002
OJJDP Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Series, Bulletin, 12 page(s)
Kelly, Patricia, Sheppard, David
Draws on the experiences of policymakers and practitioners involved with juvenile gun courts to describe their development. Juvenile gun courts are targeted interventions that expose youth charged with gun offenses to the ramifications of involvement in such acts. By way of illustration, this OJJDP Bulletin, part of the Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Program (JABG) series, reviews the Jefferson County (AL) Juvenile Gun Court, which is supported by OJJDP. Like its better known counterpart, the youth drug court, the juvenile gun court is a specialty court. Such courts feature small caseloads, frequent hearings, immediate sanctions, family involvement, and treatment services.
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