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Michigan gives second chance to juvenile offenders

MICHIGAN-The Michigan Senate has just approved a program that gives a second chance to juvenile offenders.

The Youth ChalleNGe Program was introduced by Senator John Proos.

It allows a judge to expunge a juvenile offender for certain offenses if they complete it. Once they’re done, they can be given a certificate that would prove their circumstances and behavior could warrant setting aside an adjudication at the discretion of the judge.

To be eligible, applicants must not be convicted of a felony or be currently on probation for anything other than juvenile-status offenses. They must also be drug-free and will be tested.

The Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy is at Fort Custer in Battle Creek. It offers high school dropouts or potential dropouts between the ages of 16 and 18 the opportunity for a second chance. They can earn a high-school degree and college credits. The program is 17.5 months, two-phases and includes eight core elements that push enrollees to be better physically, mentally, and morally.

There are no costs for the enrollees’ families. For more information on the Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy, click here.

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