What is Peer Jury?
The Peer Jury program is designed to provide a means for young offenders to account for their behavior to a group of their peers. The ultimate goal is for the offender to consciously decide to avoid further illegal behavior. The Peer Jury Program provides selected juvenile offenders with a meaningful and remedial alternative program to Juvenile Court. A Juror Panel consisting of 6 peer jurors and an adult monitor hear cases and determine a consequence for the offender. Peer Jury does not determine guilt or innocence. A case is sent to the Peer Jury to be heard under the following circumstances:
- The juvenile offender admits to having committed the offense.
- A Police Officer determines that Peer Jury is appropriate for the youth offender.
- The offender and his/her parent or guardian consent in writing to participate in the Program and sign a Waiver of Liability and Confidentiality.
When is Peer Jury held?
Peer Jury now meets on the third Wednesday of each month between 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Hoffman Estates Police Department.
How are the Peer Jurors selected?
In order to be considered for a position as a peer juror in our Peer Jury Program an applicant must meet the following requirements:
• Freshman, Sophomores or Juniors in any high school in Hoffman Estates.
• Possess an interest in helping peers.
• Be of good judgment, character and reputation.
• Ability to work with the police, other teens and community representatives.
• Willingness to respect and maintain confidentiality requirements.
• Attend monthly peer jury meetings.
The Peer Juror program is a volunteer commitment for a full year. By volunteering for this program, high school students will be improving our schools, strengthening the community and gaining professional experience by learning about the functions and operation of our government that looks great on a college application.
How do I volunteer as a Peer Juror?
Download an application and mail to:
Hoffman Estates Police Department
411 W. Higgins Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
c/o Det. Kowal
Once the application is received, the teen will be contacted by one of the adult coordinators of Peer Jury. An interview will be scheduled by which it will be determined whether the teen is appropriate for the Peer Jury Program.
For additional questions, email Det. Kowal or call 847-882-1818.
Thank you for your interest in participating in the Peer Jury Process!