Posted: December 5th, 2016 | By: Emily Eisert
The Pro Bono Project’s Teen Court program along with two Wake Forest Law alumnae were featured in a Fox 8 news story and segment, “Forsyth County ‘Teen Court’ program prevents youth criminalization,” that aired on Dec. 2, 2016.
The Teen Court program offers juvenile first-time offenders, aged nine to 15, the opportunity to avoid a future criminal record. Instead, upon admitting guilt, defendants are sentenced with community service hours, skills and education seminars, tutoring, jury duty sessions at other teen court proceedings, a letter of apology to injured parties and personal apologies. United Way of Forsyth Country supports the program, as well as others that help teens turn their lives around.
“We don’t need to let these kids go through the normal criminal system. We need to let these kids get a chance to come into teen court, and to have some mandates placed upon them without the criminalization factor,” District Court Judge Denise Hartsfield (JD ’91), Pro Bono Project coordinator, told Fox 8.
Judge Hartsfield is a supervising attorney, judge and adviser on Teen Court.
Also featured in the piece is Dawnielle Grace (JD ’16).
Wake Forest Law students that participate receive hands-on litigation training and are mentored by local trial attorneys.