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Local agencies want more juvenile funding

CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

A push for Congress to reinstate federal funding to help keep juveniles out of jail.

In Chatham County, we have family therapy. Intensive treatment, not only for the juvenile offender, but all for their families.

It’s aimed at addressing the problem instead of just locking the teen sup behind bars. If Congress votes to reinstate Juvenile Justice Delinquency Act, it would offer $800 million of funding to states to help expand the already existing programs.

"We need the federal funding. The programs have been in existence for a number of years, many times governments do things that don't work and they continue to fund it. Here we have something that we know works, so we say continue to fund this,” said Chief Roy Harris, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.

It cost about $90,000 a year to keep a youth in custody. These programs could cut that cost by almost $30,000.

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