A new program aims to help young offenders reach for the stars.
The Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority brought people together Monday to tell them about the "STAR" program. It stands for Success Through Achieving Reintegration.
The STAR program uses new ways to give young people the resources they need to make a successful transition from a juvenile correctional facility to the community. JJA Commissioner Russ Jennings says the program will begin preparing young people the day they get out the day they come in to a facility, rather than waiting until a couple months prior to their release to plan for the event. Jennings says making sure young people have the support and resources they need is critical to a successful future.
Kansas is receiving a federal grant of $1 million over four years to implement the STAR program. Jennings says its real benefit comes in reducing how many young people might reoffend. If they stay away from crime, it will make for a safer community for everyone.
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