Court Ordered Programs FAQ

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General Questions
How does a juvenile offender get involved in court ordered programs?

The Courts, Juvenile Intake or direct referral from a law enforcement agency and schools.  

What are court ordered programs?

This program offers first offenders an alternative to Juvenile Court.  The offender must admit their guilt in order to participate in court ordered programs.  A jury of their peers will sentence them.  Referrals can come from Juvenile Intake, Law Enforcement Officers, School Officials or through the Courts. 

Who is it for?

The program serves youth ages 12-17 who commit first-time, misdemeanor crimes and for youth interested in becoming a Volunteer Juror, Attorney, Bailiff or Clerk.

What types of offenses?

Offenses that court ordered programs will handle include theft, receiving or concealing stolen property, trespassing, obstructing,  disorderly conduct, damage to property, possession of tobacco, shoplifting, truancy, curfew, GDL violations and other offenses as appropriate.   Cases will be evaluated on an individual basis.

If I volunteer, what will I do?

After you receive training you could serve as a Jury Member, Bailiff, Clerk, Defense Attorney or Prosecuting Attorney.  

What are the sentences?

Possible sentences include: future participation on the court ordered programs jury, community service and essays or letters of apology are mandatory conditions of a sentence.  Other conditions of a sentence could include, restitution, fines, community or individual projects, daily journals, home curfews.

When are the court ordered program sessions?

Court is held in the evening of the send Wednesday of every month at the Iowa County Courthouse in the Courtroom.  If additional referrals demand more time, court may by held on the evening of the fourth Wednesday as well.

Who benefits?

Juvenile offender – if there is compliance with the court’s sentence he or she will  have succeeded in turning the offense into something useful.  Parents they are no longer held totally accountable, the juvenile becomes responsible for his or her actions.  Community – receives benefits from projects & community service, sees teens being held accountable.   Court – reduces juvenile court costs and provides a sentence that is tailored to the offender and the offense.   Youth Volunteers – gain a sense of responsibility, help encourage peers to stop behaviors that reflect on all teens, and  provides an opportunity to  have valuable input in the justice system.  Upon completion of the court ordered program Sentence, citations will be dismissed or Juvenile Referrals will be closed with no records of the offense.  This gives the youth an opportunity to start clean and hopefully make better decisions.

How do I become involved?

You can call Cynthia Foreman, at (608) 341-8270, to become involved or to learn more about the program.

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