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State grant finds alternatives to locking up young people

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Avery Niles, Commissioner of Department of Juvenile Justice Avery Niles, Commissioner of Department of Juvenile Justice
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A state grant is encouraging communities to find alternatives to locking up young people.  

Dougherty County received $242,000 in grant funds from the state. Governor Nathan Deal says its part of his Juvenile Justice Reform. The grant encourages communities to find ways to keep young people from ending up in detention centers. The Albany RYDC was one of the facilities targeted for reform.  

"If we can prevent kids from getting into the juvenile system, that in turn will prevent those kids from getting into the adult system and hopefully keeping them out of the juvenile system as well as the adult system, you turning those tax burdens into a taxpayer," said Avery Niles.  

This is the first year for the grant program.

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