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Beloit program gives first time juvenile offenders a second chance

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Kyle Geissler
September 6, 2011
— Some juvenile offenders in Beloit are finding a way to avoid the law through a first time offender program.

Municipal judge William Henderson says over the last two years they have had a program to give first offenders a chance to learn from their mistakes through the classroom and work at work sites.


Henderson says earlier programs managed to help about half the kids who entered, but the city's program processed 304 kids and 64 percent were successful cases.


The program is aimed at first time offenders accused of crimes like shoplifting, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and truancy.


The city council hears a full report on the program Monday night.



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