YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Area youth took a tour Saturday of the Juvenile Justice Center in Youngstown. The program is aimed at preventing kids from ending up in JJC. First News has the story.
Tracy Jones, of Youngstown, sits on the opposite side of court from her son Anthony, in a courtroom at the Juvenile Justice Center.
But, thankfully, she’s not there for a court case.
Jones is one of many parents who came out to the Youth and Consequences Program, put together by the Youth Police Academy School.
The goal, is that the kids never walk through these doors.
“I think it’s a positive program. And I want him to get a jumpstart on what not to do. He’ll be 11 on Wednesday. So, before we can even start having those type of thoughts, let’s start now,” said Tracy Jones, of Youngstown.
“It’s a good thing for our community and for the kids. Instead of them being on the streets, selling dope and getting locked up,” said Anthony Foose, Jr.
The tour is a project for students in the Academy. Part of the project included inviting other kids to the program.
“Once they take a tour of the program, they have to write an essay explaining why they never want to go to jail,” said Delphine Baldwin-Casey, commander with the Youth Police Academy.
“I wanna be here so i can learn more. So I can be that better person, and not do bad things, so I can learn more,” said Taniya Phillips, a student at the Youth Police Academy School.
Baldwin-Casey says they partnered with the Juvenile Justice Center to let kids see firsthand what it’s like to be incarcerated, and show them there are consequences for their actions.
“In this program, we feel like the earlier that we get to the kids, the better,” said Baldwin-Casey.
She describes it as being kind of like a scared straight program.
Foose,11, has something he wants to tell all of his friends.
“Never steal, sell dope and never go to jail,” said Foose.