Minden Press-Herald

Sep 20th

Taking the ‘First Step’

D.A. implements program for troubled kids

In an effort to give wayward juveniles a second chance, Bossier/Webster District Attorney Schuyler Marvin is implementing "First Step," a juvenile diversion program that will give first-time juvenile offenders between the ages of 10 and 17 an alternative to prosecution.

"The goal of the program is to ensure that first-time juvenile offenders who commit non-violent misdemeanor offenses [e.g., simple possession of marijuana, shoplifting, bullying, theft, trespassing, disturbing the peace, etc.] are not charged with a crime," Marvin said.

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