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Buncombe Alternatives, Inc is the umbrella organization for two outstanding programs that work with diverted and at-risk juveniles in Buncombe County. Teen Court and Earn & Learn Juvenile Restorative Community Services work with youth between the ages of 11-17 that have been referred by the Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and ordered to repay monetary restitution for damages to a victim or comply with community service.

Teen Court is a diversion from juvenile court and an alternative to out of school suspension created for first-time offenders who have admitted guilt. Clients are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their offense by participating in court proceedings held by trained youth & adult volunteers. Teen court does not decide guilt or innocence but centers on lowered recidivism through restorative justice. Sanctions for clients include community service, projects, and apology letters.

Earn & Learn Juvenile Restorative Community Services is the only community service/restitution program in Buncombe County. This program works with youth assigned community service hours and/or given a monetary compensation requirement for victims provided through  the Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Through supervised, assigned work and journaling, juveniles provide important service to the community, are held accountable for their actions, and given the opportunity to acknowledge any harm they may have caused.

For more information about how you can help our program, please contact Karen Peerson at (828)776-0173 or karen@buncombealternatives.org

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