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In 2001, Kitsap County Youth Court (KCYC) was developed and implemented. KCYC does not determine guilt or innocence of the youthful offenders. It is an arena where a youth’s peers perform the duties of various positions in a court-like setting to impose fair and just sanctions for the crime(s) committed. Students serve as the bailiff, clerk, jurors, prosecuting and defense advocates and ultimately the judge. A core team was formed consisting of a judge, court commissioner, department head, chief prosecutor, probation staff, and other stakeholders. Bremerton and South Kitsap High Schools were identified as pilot schools. Attorneys in Kitsap County were recruited and trained to provide mentorship to the youth. In November 2001, participants attended an all day training encompassing issues regarding confidentiality, formality, the various tasks and a mock trial. The first KCYC hearing took place on December 5, 2001.

KCYC’s goal is to reduce recidivism among youthful offenders in Kitsap County, increase youths’ awareness of the laws and consequences for criminal activities and teach students the many facets of law and justice career opportunities.


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