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County Commissioners reinstate Juvenile Justice Grant

DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - County Commissioners gave the go ahead to reinstate the Juvenile Justice Grant. The grant helps give young people, and their families counseling.

Its an alternative to locking kids up that aren't a risk to society.

Counselors go to the child's home at a cost of about $46.00 verses the $225.00 it cost to keep them in the Regional Youth Detention Center.

Today judge Richard Brooker came before the commission to talk about the program.

“There they are rooming, eating and with some of the worst young people in terms in delinquency and so rather then just throwing them and socializing them with these young people, this will be a huge benefit,” says Richard Brooker, a Juvenile Court Associate Judge.

Dougherty County is one of ten counties in the state that's receiving the funds.

Last year they were able to help 47 young people, and hope to help more this year.

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