By Tracy M. Godwin, Michelle E. Heward, and Tom Spina, Jr.(Published in 2000;146 pages)
Developed by the American Probation and Parole Association/Council of State Government, which administered the National Youth Court Center, the National Youth Court Guidelines are designed to give youth courts direction for developing and operating effective programs for the ultimate purpose of increasing program accountability and integrity of the “youth court field.” Each chapter begins with a brief overview of the guidelines that are recommended for that particular program area. Afterwards, each guideline is discussed in more detail. A rationale for each guideline, as well as tips for implementing each guideline is included. At the conclusion of each chapter there is a section that identifies some outcomes youth court programs might reasonably expect if they adhere to the recommendations made in the guidelines.