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By Dan Rudy 

Youth court grant funding cut

 

Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Parents Marten and Karen join daughter Reyn Hutten at her induction into Wrangell's Youth Court program by Magistrate Chris Ellis on March 17. The high schooler will be able to act as legal counsel for her peers in the event of a juvenile referral from the local court.

Last week Wrangell's Youth Court Program learned it would not be receiving its annual grant in the next fiscal year.

Youth Court is a diversionary justice program which for Wrangell began in 2001. First-time juvenile offenders have the option to undergo a trial held by their peers – students participating in the program – with the promise of cleared records once the sentences are completed. These can vary from community service to restitutionary actions, and gives all involved a chance to learn from the experience with a clean slate.

Wrangell has been one of eleven communities in the st...



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