Youth Court Training Manual: Educational and Juvenile Justice Reform
4th Edition by Gregg Volz, Esq. and Solia Saiyed
Youth Court is an alternative to punitive and zero-tolerance school discipline policies.
It seeks to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by preventing students who commit minor offenses from being suspended. By keeping offending students (Respondents) in school, it allows them to continue their education while accepting responsibility for their misbehavior. Youth Court is intended to be restorative rather than punitive, and provides the offending student with the self-empowerment and critical-thinking tools necessary to avoid misbehavior in the future.