DCTB Youth Court & Community Justice

The mission of the TimeBank Youth Court is to provide a positive alternative to the juvenile justice system so youth can willingly take responsibility for their actions, make amends and build healthy and productive relationships. Working with law enforcement, schools, and neighborhood groups; youth in the program can contribute to a safer, more caring community.

The TimeBank Youth Court sends kids in trouble to a jury of their peers rather than through the court system. A ticket or other formal consequence may be held in abeyance while the young person is given the chance to pursue this alternate course of action. The peer jury generally sentences youth to serve on the jury and to take part in activities that can help them succeed in the long run. These activities can include: writing letters of apology to victims or other restorative justice activities, life skills or mentoring programs, tutoring younger kids, and more. When youth's sentences are complete they have the option to continue their service, earning TimeBank Hours.

The goal is to keep young people engaged in programs that they enjoy and are benefiting from. They can build a stronger social network and build their skills, capacities, and work experience. The Dane County TimeBank's program is modeled on Washington DC's Time Dollar Youth Court, and now underway in all four of Madison's High Schools. We are always looking for great mentors, tutors, and all-around helpers to participate. To get involved, please call Lorrie at (608) 663-0400 or send an email.

  • View a presentation about the Youth Court, prepared by LaFollette staff and students.
  • See a video of TimeBank Youth Court champion Madison Police Officer Greg Rossetti giving an overview of our Youth Court.
  • Review statistics for 2006-2009