The Village of Schaumburg Peer Jury provides another useful tool in responding to youthful offenders in our community. The Peer Jury offers a positive and effective alternative for less serious, nonviolent offenders who are under 18 years of age. The Peer Jury acquaints first-time offenders with the law and judicial system in a non-threatening environment. Youthful offenders interact with a jury of their peers instead of an adult authority figure having the final word.
The Peer Jury hears cases of first-time offenders who have admitted to their participation in a less serious crime. These crimes include, but are not limited to: simple battery, theft, disorderly conduct and vandalism. The offender is assigned community service hours to be completed within 30 days by the jury. A civilian advisor presides over the Peer Jury during the deliberations. The advisor then works with the offender towards the successful completion of the service hours. The offender is expected to take responsibility for all of their actions and return to the Peer Jury upon completion of the hours assigned for their release.
Peer Jury members are teen volunteers who attend a Village of Schaumburg junior high or high school, or reside in Schaumburg and attend another area school. Jurors may also be past offenders who have gone before the Peer Jury and successfully completed the program. All jurors receive training prior to reviewing their first case. The jurors make a positive difference in the youthful offender’s life as well as the community.
If you have any questions, contact Anna Klimkowicz at 847-303-2038. You will be notified when the next Peer Jury orientation is scheduled.