Eastern Jackson County Peer Diversion Court

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Eastern Jackson County Youth Court

Program Summary: The high rates of juveniles involved in criminal activities in Jackson County create an increased risk factor associated with violent behaviors and alcohol and drug use for teens. The Eastern Jackson County Youth Court (EJC) exists to hold juvenile offenders accountable for delinquent behaviors; to provide positive peer-led restorative justice, which promotes leadership and positive youth behavior; to increase juvenile offenders knowledge and enhance refusal skills to avoid criminal behavior; including drug use and violent activities; and to reduce repeated criminal behavior and involvement in the juvenile criminal justice system.

The EJC is a juvenile prevention peer court, which provides immediate sanctions for juvenile offenders.

Peer Court adjudication is conducted monthly by trained youth volunteers (ages 13 to 19), under adult supervision. The municipal and/or county ordinance violation cases include both delinquent offenses (such as alcohol possession, assault, disorderly conduct, drugs, stealing and vandalism) and status offenses (such as beyond parental control, curfew and truancy). All court sanctions follow the National Youth Court Guidelines for restorative justice and prevention education. Victims of crimes are given the opportunity to provide a victim impact statement to the court prior to court adjudication and sentence. 

The court sanctions at Youth Court require the juveniles to participate in community service at ongoing times and locations all year at non-profit organizations in Jackson County (such as Community Service League and the Dia bled Veterans) to show accountability for their actions.

Program Addresses: 
Blue Springs Public Safety Deptartment • 1501 NW Jefferson St. • Blue Springs, MO 64015

Grain Valley Municipal Court • 711 S Main St. • Grain Valley, MO 64029

Independence Fire Deptartment Station #1 • 950 N Spring St. • Independence, MO 64050

Independence Police Deptartment • 223 N Memorial Dr. • Independence, MO 64050

Lee's Summit First Church • 425 SW Oldham Pkwy. • Lee's Summit, MO 64081

816-541-8017 ext. 72235 • ejcyc.com


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    Blue Springs School District
    » Eastern Jackson County Schools Collaborative of Greater Kansas City

    Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City
    » SMART Moves (Independence)
    » SMART Moves (Kansas City)

    Operation Breakthrough
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