BEATRICE – Gage County officials have signed off on an application for state funds to continue offering juvenile services programs in the county. That’s a step toward receiving nearly $74,800…which would be a $3,000 increase over the past year.
Christina Lyons coordinates juvenile services programs in the county, which include a juvenile diversion program, administration of a local coalition, 4H enrichment activities and a school truancy program.
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The money is allotted to the county each year, based on juvenile population statistics.
Lyons says one of the programs within juvenile services aims to address the problem of juvenile suicide.
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One newer program is restorative (ra-STORE-uh-tive) justice…aimed at ordering restitution in juvenile cases and getting young people to understand the impact of crimes they commit.
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Gage County Attorney Roger Harris says restorative justice has been in use in the county informally, through diversion and the Crime Victim’s Rights program.