For 500 teen offenders, peer pressure actually works

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Kankakee County Teen Court is celebrating its 10th anniversary at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Kankakee County Courthouse.

Teen board president Deanna Carlson-Webb is proud that of about 520 teens that have come through, only 15 have re-offended.

“They’ve taken responsibility for their actions, and it’s a group of kids somewhere right around their age saying, ‘Hey, listen, you did really kind of screw up, here’s why we think you screwed up.’ … I think having kids your own age tell you that is a little more impactful than just an adult,” Carlson-Webb said.