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Safety programs came from girl's murder

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January 23, 2008

Albany -- Dougherty County school children have a safe place to go after school though largely because of a little girl's murder 20-years ago.

In 1988 Jessica Reinhardt was killed in her Albany home after coming home from school to an empty house while her mother attended cosmetology school.

Her murder led the founding of extended day programs at Dougherty County schools.

Sam Harris was one of the first responding officers and says extended day programs have helped protect countless students over the years.

"I think not only is it saving lives, but it's saving children from walking in on burglaries, from other devastating crimes that a child may come home and find, because a child is than in a secured environment until an adult picks them up," said Albany Fire Department Investigator, Sam Harris. 

The extended day program is currently available for children enrolled in Pre-K through eighth grade. You can click here for more information.

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