Law: Juvenile Juries

Peer pressure at work

On the theory that it takes a teen-ager to know a teenager, juvenile juries in Denver are deciding the sentences given to some first-time offenders at the junior and senior high school level. The student jurors, volunteers all, pass sentence only on young people who have admitted guilt and signed contracts with the district attorney's office agreeing to abide by whatever penalty their peers impose. The juries handle such crimes as assault, possession of dangerous weapons or marijuana—all but the most serious. Typical sentences include unpaid community service, obeying...

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