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County judge offers an insight into juvenile court

Friday, July 18, 2008

YMCA Summer Camp children (from left) Danielle Harrington, 11, and Eric Timberlake, 14, portray "Jacinda Jailbird," and "Johnny Jailbird," during a juvenile court simulation for the children provided by Clay County Circuit Court Judge Joe Trout. Jason Moon Photo.
Clay County Circuit Court Judge Joe Trout didn't want to do it, but he had to sentence the young man.

On Friday, Trout handed down a sentence of a trip to the Department of Corrections, followed by probation and strict supervision to "Johnny Jailbird."

Trout conducted a juvenile court simulation for children at the YMCA Summer Camp Friday.

"The whole purpose of juvenile court is to get you to change your thinking," Trout said.

Trout said this is the second time this year he has spoke with local children about juvenile court.

"I'd like to do it more often," Trout said. "I think it's important for parents and children in the community to see what's going on in juvenile court."

Trout asked two volunteers to portray a juvenile and a parent.

Chosen were Erick Timberlake, 14, and Danielle Harrington, 11, to play "Johnny Jailbird," and "Jacinda Jailbird," respectively.

According to court records, "Johnny Jailbird" was having trouble with truancy and was also found to have marijuana in his possession at school.

Eventually, "Johhny Jailbird's" troubles escalated, as he stole a vehicle and committed arson.

"Johnny Jailbird's" mother had to appear in court with him.

Trout took questions from the children before the event concluded.

"You're going to make a lot of decisions in life," Trout told the kids. "We want you to make the right decisions. And with that, court is adjourned."

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yes i think it is important now more than ever, because others can persuide you into doing really stupid things and before you know it you are in big trouble. it is easy to be a follower--- but to be a leader of the right choice can be very hard some times.great idea !!!!

-- Posted by ksullivan555 on Mon, Jul 21, 2008, at 10:02 AM

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