Established by PPP in 1995, in collaboration with numerous community institutions, the Pima County Teen Court (PCTC) is a sentencing option for 12-17 year-old delinquent youths arrested for first, second, and third time misdemeanors who have pled guilty. These teens choose to be sentenced by a jury of their peers instead of going through the Pima County Juvenile Court system. All participants in the courtroom are teens, except for the adult judge, who is a professional. The success of Teen Court is directly attributed to positive peer pressure and parental involvement in the program. Workshops, as part of the sentencing option, are aimed at reducing shoplifting, substance use, domestic violence, and increasing family communication.
Teens make friends, complete community service, learn new skills, get extra credit for a class, and have fun when they volunteer for Teen Court.
Pima County Teen Court won the National Youth Leadership Council's 2015 Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award! The Youth Leadership for Service-Learning Excellence Award recognizes K-12 service-learning programs and projects that demonstrate outstanding youth leadership.
Pima County Teen Court needs your help! Your investment will pay dividends. Teen Court reduces the chances of youth being re-arrested by 50 percent. Please donate on our secure site by clicking the link below.
The Arizona superintendent of public instruction selected Meena Venkataramanan, a volunteer teen attorney with the Pima County Teen Court, as one of two students from across Arizona to serve as a delegate to the 55th annual United States senate Youth Program (USSYP) in March 2017 for an intensive week-long study of the federal government. Please take time to read the full article.