Buffalo/Pepin County Teen Court flooded with hearings to start the year

The Buffalo/Pepin County Teen Court program was flooded with new referrals in the final weeks of 2021. Now, in the first month of the new year panelists are hearing multiple hearings a day. The violations range from alcohol and marijuana to traffic violations and vaping. Panel members, who serve as peer jurors, utilize restorative justice language and principles to assign equitable sanctions to teen offenders with the intent to build skills, develop empathy, and change risk behaviors.

Grace McQuiston, Jenna Auth, and Kaylee Auth served as teen court panelists on January 11, 2022.

Five teen court panelists from multiple school districts heard cases on vaping, alcohol, and marijuana recently.

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