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Jul 23, 2018

Teen Program

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The village had eliminated Teen Court and promise to come up with something similar to Teen Court.. To this date, the village has failed to keep their promises and failed the teens program SHAME ON THE VILLAGE!!!

Jul 26, 2018Edited: Mar 11

www.northcountyteencourt.com

Keeping Communities Safe - Illinois Youth Court Association

http://www.ag.state.il.us/communities/youthadvocacy/iyca_youthcourt.html

 

 

http://www.ag.state.il.us/communities/youthadvocacy/iyca_programs.html

 

 

http://www.ag.state.il.us/communities/youthadvocacy/iyca.html

 

http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/communities/youthadvocacy/iyca_whatcourt.html

Keeping Communities Safe

 

Illinois Youth Court Association: What Are Youth Courts?

Youth courts, also called peer juries and teen courts, represent an alternative approach to juvenile justice that holds non-violent, juvenile respondents accountable though a sentence imposed by their peers. Youth courts operate through a collaboration between schools, juvenile justice agencies, non-profit agencies, and the community.

 

Offenders admit guilt and accept an individualized sentence which may include community service, apology letters to victims, youth court jury duty, and counseling. Youth volunteers act as jurors and, depending on the program, may also act as attorneys, bailiffs, or judges. Volunteering in a youth court educates youth on the legal system and fosters critical thinking.

 

By addressing initial negative behavior, youth courts have been shown to effectively lower recidivism rates. There are currently over 100 youth court programs in the state of Illinois.

 

Youth courts are considered a part of the Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) model. BARJ is a philosophy that involves not only the offender, but also the victim and the community. There are three principals to BARJ: accountability, competency development, and community safety. The Illinois Juvenile Justice Reform Act adopts the BARJ approach for juvenile justice and also recognizes teen courts as a viable alternative to the traditional juvenile justice system.

 

The Village of Sherman officially dropped out of the North County Teen Court on December 19, 2016. NCTC is doing well and growing without Sherman's involvement.

 

October 25, 2016

Sherman Village Board Meeting Minutes

 

 

 

During the January 10, 2017 Village Board meeting, Mayor Clatfelter, Chief Bangert and other Village Board members made unfounded accusations against NCTC. They got the media involved as well to try and make North County Teen Court look bad to others. After an investigation (requested by the Village of Sherman) by Sangamon County state's attorney John Milhiser, no charges were filed because there was NO evidence of wrong doing.

 

 

 

 

Jul 26, 2018

That’s great for Teen Court! It’s REAL SHAME that the village is not supporting the teenagers in our community by not participating the Teen Court Program.

Aug 28, 2018Edited: Jan 25

The Village of Sherman officially dropped out of the North County Teen Court on December 19, 2016 before someone from the Sherman Police Dept could be appointed to the Executive Board in January 2017 following the retirement of Chief Smith. At the time, no other member of the Sherman Police Dept had previously been involved with NCTC. Appointing a new representative from the Sherman Police Dept required action from the current NCTC Executive Board.

 

During the January 10, 2017 Village Board meeting, Mayor Clatfelter and Chief Bangert made unfounded accusations against NCTC. After an investigation (requested by the Village of Sherman) by Sangamon County state's attorney John Milhiser, no charges were filed because there was NO evidence of wrong doing.

 

 

 

Aug 28, 2018

Sherman students can still participate in Teen Court as a teen juror through the school district. They can apply by completing an application and media release, both of which are available on the main page of the website. https://www.northcountyteencourt.com/

 

If a Sherman juvenile is caught breaking the law by one of the other area participating police departments https://www.northcountyteencourt.com/apps/links/ Williamsville, Riverton, Spaulding, Grandview or Rochester, the juvenile could still have the option of going before the Teen Court rather than the Juvenile Justice System, depending on the offense.

Jan 23Edited: Jan 23

 

 

2019-01-22 Sherman Village Board meeting Public Comment Period

Village resident, Mr. John Miller once again questioned the Sherman Village Board regarding the Teen Court program and what the Village of Sherman is doing to address any issues regarding Village juveniles who find themselves in trouble with the law.

 

Mayor Clatfelter states that would be up to the Chief of Police and that they "can" address juvenile issues administratively through the Police Department with "Station Adjustments" to divert juveniles from the juvenile justice system. Mayor Clatfelter didn't say the Sherman Police Department was addressing juvenile issues administratively, just that they can. How many juvenile issues have been handled administratively since they dropped out of North County Teen Court in December 2016?

Differences between Station Adjustment and Teen Court

Station Adjustment Teen Court

All handled by the Officer Positive alternative

Hearing before a jury of their peers

Sentencing by a jury of their peers

Alternative to formal juvenile probation

Holds juveniles accountable

https://www.northcountyteencourt.com/

Feb 13Edited: Feb 13

 

During the February 12, 2019 Village Board meeting, village resident Mr. Miller spoke to the fact that during the October 25, 2016 Village Board meeting, Mayor Clatfelter questioned representatives of the North County Teen Court regarding their program and the programs accountability. However, Mr. Miller pointed out that when he asked the Village the same or similar types of questions regarding the Village’s juvenile justice interventions or station adjustments, the village refused to answer his questions.

 

Mr. Miller stated that ironically the Village refused to be accountable to his questions and the public. Mr. Miller wanted to know why it was OK for the Village to not answer questions but demand the Teen Court answers their questions.

 

See the October 25, 2016 meeting minutes above.

Feb 20Edited: Feb 21

 

Keeping Communities Safe - Illinois Youth Court Association

http://www.ag.state.il.us/communities/youthadvocacy/iyca_youthcourt.html

http://www.ag.state.il.us/communities/youthadvocacy/iyca.html

http://www.ag.state.il.us/communities/youthadvocacy/iyca_programs.html

 

http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/communities/youthadvocacy/iyca_whatcourt.html

 

Keeping Communities Safe

 

Illinois Youth Court Association: What Are Youth Courts?

Youth courts, also called peer juries and teen courts, represent an alternative approach to juvenile justice that holds non-violent, juvenile respondents accountable though a sentence imposed by their peers. Youth courts operate through a collaboration between schools, juvenile justice agencies, non-profit agencies, and the community.

 

Offenders admit guilt and accept an individualized sentence which may include community service, apology letters to victims, youth court jury duty, and counseling. Youth volunteers act as jurors and, depending on the program, may also act as attorneys, bailiffs, or judges. Volunteering in a youth court educates youth on the legal system and fosters critical thinking.

 

By addressing initial negative behavior, youth courts have been shown to effectively lower recidivism rates. There are currently over 100 youth court programs in the state of Illinois.

 

Youth courts are considered a part of the Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) model. BARJ is a philosophy that involves not only the offender, but also the victim and the community. There are three principals to BARJ: accountability, competency development, and community safety. The Illinois Juvenile Justice Reform Act adopts the BARJ approach for juvenile justice and also recognizes teen courts as a viable alternative to the traditional juvenile justice system.

 

March 2019 Celebrating 14 years of service to area youth, NCTC was founded in March 2006.

https://www.northcountyteencourt.com/

 

North County Teen Court is a member of the Illinois Youth Court Association sponsored by the Illinois Attorney General. The North County Teen Court is NON-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION a 501(c)(3) and IL Sales Tax Exempt administered by the Executive  Board made up of five Police Departments, court moderators and community members from partnering communities.

The North County Teen Court is funded by the generosity of the local communities Village Boards, various organizations and individuals who believe in our mission and our vision. These donations have allowed for the purchase of items necessary to operate the North County Teen Court such as: computers, printers and office supplies, Teen Court uniform shirts and meals for the Teen Court members prior to Court hearings, as well as scholarships.

As a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, North County Teen Court qualifies to receive tax deductible bequests, devices, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522. Please consider supporting our vision to divert teens from the juvenile justice system and to be a strong voice for troubled youth and families by making a donation. Your gift will go a long way toward helping us help youth.

Jul 8Edited: Jul 9

 

SHOW YOU SUPPORT ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2019 FROM 5-8 PM

Join North County Teen Court at McAlister's Deli located at 3130 S Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, IL

15% of all purchases between 5-8 pm will go to North County Teen Court!!

Jul 9Edited: Jul 9

NORTH COUNTY TEEN COURT juror applications being accepted

The North County Teen Court in Williamsville is now accepting new applications for jurors for the Teen Court program.

 

Students entering grades 9-12 at Williamsville High School may apply. Applications, media release and parent consent forms are available on the North County Teen Court websites main page https://www.northcountyteencourt.com/ or by contacting Officer Ryan Harmon at the Williamsville Police Department (217) 566-3634.

 

Application, media release and parent consent forms should be returned to Officer Harmon or mailed to Karen Hoffek at 716 Trenton Dr., Sherman, IL. The application deadline is July 31, 2019.

 

Applications will be reviewed by the Teen Court coordinator. New jurors will begin their service August 12, 2019. Teen Court meets the second Monday of each month at the Williamsville Fire Department. Community service hours are given for jury service.

 

For more information, refer to the Teen Court website https://www.northcountyteencourt.com/ or call Karen Hoffek at (217) 496-2647.

Sep 10Edited: Oct 2

Thanks to everyone who came out to show your support, NCTC raised $339.66 with your help!!! McAlister's Deli on South Dirksen Parkway Sept 11, 2019.

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  • Patriot1210
    Nov 1

    I wanted to take the opportunity to thank the Mayor and the board for publicly clarifying the misunderstanding about TIF funds and the financial obligations of Sherman. I hope they take notice what happens when they allow a back and forth discussion with a constituent that has questions in a public forum. It amuses me to watch it unfold as both sides battle it out on social media (not excluding me). What is all the rage about? Why would there be any passionate opposition if things are above board and going so well? I'd hope we could all agree that we have nice amenities in Sherman. Is the park worth 4,000,000 to you and to your family? Were the comments by any of the incumbents surrounding the park accurate? Does the park generate money? No reasonable person could say that the park generates money. I will agree that doesnt necessarily mean that the park has no value. Just please stop saying that it generates revenue. It matters that things are openly discussed in a public forum. It matters that a deaf man is cut off from speaking on an issue, even if the Mayor doesn't share that persons views. Not one board member present at that meeting asked to extend his time to communicate. It matters that the last police Chief was ran out of here over a time card issue but the Mayor doesnt keep one. It matters that a Sherman resident and Sherman employee were wrongfully accused over Teen Court records. It seems that the mere accusation of wrong doing works here in Sherman. I assume that the 3 minute time cap on open public debate between the board and its constituents was due to Michael O'Hare arguing with the Mayor. It doesnt justify the 3 minute time cap for public comment with no public dialogue with your constituents. It matters that anyone wishing to speak to the board would be encouraged to do so publicly. The standard practice is to start the 3 minute time clock, ignore the residents emails, tell the resident to speak off camera after the meeting, or make a blanket statement that you can call by phone anytime to discuss the issue. Let's not forget how any political challengers were treated earlier this year. We cannot ignore it nor should we. I am sure that no matter the side of the political landscape we land on, we all want Sherman to succeed. We may disagree on which candidate will achieve that goal. No matter who is the Village President it matters how you treat people. It matters what you say. If you look at our current Mayor a little more closely it becomes clear that he feels that he is beyond reproach. So I appreciate the multiple posts on Facebook of the one meeting that supports their positive narrative of a very arrogant administration. Are you really asking voters to ignore the other videos that paint a very different picture? Are those posts of support intended to encourage us all to forget the pattern of how anyone who shares different views are treated by this Village President publicly? I cant imagine how he behaves in private. Vote your conscience but stop with the see I told you so defense that this one meeting has provided you.
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