juvenile offenders

Chris Potter / Wikimedia Commons

Some Providence youths accused of non-violent infractions will soon have an option other than going through the courts. The Providence City Council established a Juvenile Hearing Board (JHB) to help keep first-time offenders out of the justice system. Instead of going to court and serving time, a panel would prescribe incarceration alternatives. 

That's the gist of the question a Bradley Hasbro Research Center scientist is asking as she embarks on a project to study 400 Rhode Island teens after their first brush with the law.