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01/17/08 - Smith County

Smith County Juvenile Services Reports A Reduction In Juvenile Crime

Smith County Juvenile Services has reported a 15% reduction in the number of juvenile cases presented by law enforcement agencies in 2007 as compared to 2006.

A 5% reduction in first time offenders was also noted along with the number of juveniles commiting multiple offense crimes at the same time dropping by 43%. The number of youth detained at the Juvenile Center of Smith County also went down by 19%.

Juvenile Judge Floyd Getz is pleased with the results. "I've always thought that we have one of the best, if not the best, juvenile departments in Texas. These numbers serve to confirm what I had already thought. The probation officers, detention staff, JJAEP faculty, volunteers and everyone else at Smith County Juvenile go the extra mile to accomplish our goal of turning young folks away from criminal conduct and toward positive goals for their lives. We also benefit from the hard work and dedication of our local law enforcement officers who very effectively deal with juvenile crime in our community."

Posted by Cathryn Khalil, kltv.com.

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