Several groups and organizations have come together to keep the Southcoast Youth Court in business for at least another year.

The Youth Court diverts young offenders away from the criminal justice system into a program where they are judged by their peers. Punishments could include restitution or community service.

The Bristol County District Attorney's Office contributed $25,000 in drug forfeiture money to keep the Youth Court afloat.

D-A Tom Quinn says its a wise investment. "People who come into Youth Court are individuals who were involved in minor crimes, they've made a mistake, and this is a great opportunity to redeem themselves to make a positive contribution back to the victims and to themselves," said Quinn.

Among the other partners are the Fall River School Department which contributed $60,000, and Fall River and New Bedford Police.  New Bedford is seeking a grant to help fund Youth Court and a youth mentoring program.

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