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Charles County's Teen Court Program is Celebrating 19 Years!

WALDORF, Md. - Charles County's Teen Court program is celebrating 19 years! Teen Court was created in 2001 to divert first time youth offenders away from the juvenile system and give them an opportunity to learn from their mistakes, and in some cases take an active role in the program to help .

In its 19 years, Teen Court has heard 2,904 cases ranging from payable traffic citations to civil citations and some criminal offenses. This program is run by volunteers in our community; there are adults who sit as community judges, court monitors and exit interviewers, and youth who sit as jury members. This program is a partnership between the CCSO and the Charles County Board of Education, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, Charles County Commissioners, and the State's Attorney's Office for Charles County.

“We are proud of Teen Court and grateful to the many volunteers who contribute to its success,” said Sheriff Troy Berry. “This program allows teens to learn from their mistakes without incurring a criminal record. Many of the youth who have gone through it have grown up to become educators, doctors, members of our military and so many other professions. We look forward to Teen Court’s success for years to come, and we'd like to thank everyone who makes it possible.”

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