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Teen Court gives juvenile offenders in Harvey County a second chance, an opportunity to admit they’ve done  something wrong and make restitution — without having to go through the traditional court system and ending up  with a record that could stay with them for the rest of their lives. However, the Teen Court program is ending as of July 1, a casualty of the state’s budget cuts. Unless another source  of funding is found, juvenile cases will have to go through the court system or a more traditional juvenile diversion  program. David Yoder, Harvey County attorney, believes neither of these options will be as effective at holding teens  accountable and helping them take responsibility for their actions. “Teen Court is a really unique program that’s just tragic to lose,” he said. Janet Cagle, director of Harvey/McPherson Counties Community Corrections, agreed. “It made a big impact on the majority of the kids that went through the process,” she said. About teen court The Ninth Judicial District Harvey County Teen Court was started by Matt Treaster, the county attorney before David Yoder. “I immediately saw the benefits of the program, so I did everything I could to keep the program going,” Yoder said. Teen Court is an alternative to prosecution, enabling juvenile offenders to avoid going through the court system on  first-time, minor offenses, such as shoplifting. In order to qualify for the program, a juvenile must have no prior history with the law, and the crime cannot be a  felony. Teens must be willing to admit they messed up and accept responsibility for their actions. “This is not for serious offenders, or repeated offenders,” Yoder said.
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