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About Us

To provide youth the opportunity to take responsibility for their actions through cooperation with their peers and their community.

Lawrence County Court HouseOur History

The Lawrence County Teen Court (LCTC) was developed in October 1995 in Lawrence County as the first teen court in the State of South Dakota.  At that time, there were 78 reported youth/teen courts in the nation.  Today, there are proclaimed to be around 1250 youth/teen courts in 49 states.  The LCTC is a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Deadwood, SD.  To date, there are 12 active teen courts in the State of South Dakota, at least one in each judicial circuit.  Court is conducted in the Lawrence County Courthouse on the first and third Monday nights of the month. 

Who We Are


Marlene is the original Director of the Lawrence County Teen Court in South Dakota.  Along with starting the first active teen court in South Dakota, she was instrumental in developing the South Dakota Teen Court Association in 2003.  She has served on the Executive Board of the South Dakota Teen Court Association since its inception.  Starting in 2006, Marlene has actively worked on the development of the National Association of Youth Courts.  She is currently one of 22 Board of Trustees for the National Association of Youth Courts as well as a national trainer for teen courts.

Marlene has facilitated several local, regional and national trainings. She worked closely with legislature in 2007 to establish a Teen Court grant fund that is statutorily implemented within SD.  This fund houses money to establish and enhance Teen Courts in the State of SD.  SDCL 1-10-5; 1-10-6 and 1-10-7.




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