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Temple Law Students Work with U.S. Attorney’s Office to Create Youth Court at Strawberry Mansion High School

Temple Law students Michelle Ashcroft, Alex Dutton, and Jonathan Lauri have partnered with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of PA and with EducationWorks to develop and implement an innovative peer justice program at Strawberry Mansion High School.  Youth Court, as the program is known, is a non-adversarial system in which a student who has been charged with a Level I infraction (eligible for an out of school suspension) is given an advocate and a hearing before a jury of her peers, who act as both fact finder and decision maker. The goal of the program is to provide a restorative justice alternative to out of school suspensions and to support the school district's new policy to use suspension only as a last resort. 

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