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Public Opinion of Teen, Classroom, and Formal Court Styles
Juvenile & Family Court Journal (2003)
  • Louis Lippman, Western Washington University
  • Kristi M. Lemm, Western Washington University
  • Mark G. Harmon, Western Washington University
The present research examined the views of a community sample regarding teen court, classroom court, and formal/traditional court. Participants read vignettes of teen offenders who had committed crimes of high or low severity and were given relatively severe or mild sentences through one of the three courts. Results revealed stronger support for teen court than the other courts, a general preference for harsh sentences, and a preference for match between crime and punishment. The results of this study indicate that teen courts are seen as providing an appropriate means to sentence juvenile offenders and are likely to receive public support for their continued operation.
  • Teen offenders,
  • Teen court,
  • Juvenile offenders
Publication Date
April, 2003
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Citation Information
Louis Lippman, Kristi M. Lemm and Mark G. Harmon. "Public Opinion of Teen, Classroom, and Formal Court Styles" Juvenile & Family Court Journal Vol. 54 Iss. 2 (2003) p. 51 - 58
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