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Updated: 10/26/2013 08:00:04AM

North Port to host forum on juvenile justice alternativ​es

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NORTH PORT — The North Port Community Health Action Team, known as CHAT, will host a community forum, “Avoiding the System: Alternative Approaches to Juvenile Justice,” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Morgan Family Community Center, 6207 W. Price Blvd.

CHAT has been exploring the issue of juvenile justice, particularly options for diversion, according to the CHAT organizers. Juvenile diversion programs allow certain first-time, nonviolent juvenile offenders the opportunity to repair the harm they have done in ways that divert youths from involvement in the court system. This is important, because a criminal record can haunt someone for years, impacting opportunities for employment, housing, public assistance and much more, organizers say.

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