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Coffee Co. offers 'Teen Court' to cut down on teen crime

Douglas-Coffee Co. has recently started 'Teen Court' to help teenage first time offenders clear their record. (Source: City of Douglas Website) Douglas-Coffee Co. has recently started 'Teen Court' to help teenage first time offenders clear their record. (Source: City of Douglas Website)
DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) -

Teens in Coffee County have a new way to clear their criminal records. 

Douglas and Coffee County leaders recently started a program called 'Teen Court'. 

The goal is to help first-time offenders and cut down on teen crime, but they need volunteers for it to be successful. 

City officials said this is a prime opportunity for teens considering careers in the judicial system, counseling, or law enforcement. 

Through the program, they can become a Teen Attorney, Court Clerk, Bailiff or Juror. 

Wynetta Bolder, Douglas City Clerk says: 

"I cannot stress how important it is to have youth volunteers involved in the Teen Court. There are no pre-reqisites to be a youth volunteer with Teen Court. We need willing, mature juveniles between the ages of 13-19 who are dedicated to making a difference in our community. This is a prime opportunity for any youth who are considering careers in the judicial system, counseling, or law enforcement, to get involved and see if those careers are the direction they wish to pursue." 

Some requirements for Teen Court include: 

  • Must be in grades 6th-12th 
  • Abide by rules of the program
  • Sign and respect the Oath of Office Confidentiality
  • Demonstrate Maturity 
  • Sensitivity and responsibility 
  • Attend all mandatory training sessions 
  • Teen Attorneys must be in 11th or 12th grade

Applications are due to the Douglas City Clerk's Office by June 1, 2018. 

For more information or to become a volunteer with Douglas-Coffee Teen Court, please contact Wynetta Bolder at (912)389-3405. 

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