Gascon looking at high school peer trials 

Police Chief George Gascon is looking to promote a popular method of juvenile justice that gives high school students the power to be prosecutors, defense lawyers and jury.

The idea has proven successful in Los Angeles, where youths have avoided criminal records through mediation involving a judge, and San Francisco already has a peer-review court.

Gascon is meeting with Superior Court Judge Patrick Mahoney next week to see if the court can get involved.

“We’re always open to trying something,” Mahoney said. “The challenge is, how many kids can you really get involved in this? It’s a matter of breadth.”

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