State grant will continue juvenile sex offender program in Madison, Marshall, Limestone and other counties

By Chris Welch
The Huntsville Times 

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded a $408,170 grant to continue a Department of Youth Services program that holds juvenile sex offenders accountable while seeking to change their behavior.

The program is available in 15 counties including Madison, Limestone, Marshall, Autauga, Bibb, Elmore, Hale, Jefferson, Montgomery, Morgan, Pickens, Shelby, St. Clair Talladega and Tuscaloosa.

The department’s Continuum of Care program holds juveniles responsible for their actions and teaches them the consequences of their behaviors through individual counseling.

“Youthful offenders in this program have an opportunity that may not be available later in life — a chance to turn away from a life of crime,” Bentley said. “I commend the program staff for their commitment to helping these juveniles turn their lives around before it’s too late.”

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