The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the County Sheriff’s Department and the Morongo Unified School District is preparing to launch the Unified Restorative Youth program for 2019-2020. Students between the ages of 12-17 who have committed a (qualifying) misdemeanor, infraction or have violated a school rule are eligible to participate in this voluntary diversity program which gives students an opportunity to act as court clerks, bailiffs, advocates for the community or the respondent or to be jurors. Youth Court is designed to provide a forum for students to admit and explain their involvement in the crime or suspension referral, be judged by a jury of their peers and to make amends to the community. A jury of student volunteers listens to the facts of the case, deliberate and create a disposition tailored to the respondent and to the facts as presented. The jury has freedom to sentence the respondent to jury duties, community service, counseling, anger management, written apologies, tutoring, attendance checks, and any other alternatives in alignment with restorative justice goals. When the youth has successfully completed the terms of his/her disposition, no criminal charges will be filed, and no school disciplinary action will occur. Anyone wishing to learn about the program can contract Deputy Michael Sellers at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office (760) 366-4175 or Dr. Garrett Gruwell, Coordinator of Child Welfare and Attendance at Morongo Unified School District on (760) 367-9191 extension 4360.