State grant to help Probation, DSS departments keep local youth out of criminal justice system

NORWICH – A recent round of state grants will allow the Chenango County Probation Department and Department of Social Services to continue a series of proactive programming geared toward keeping youth out of the criminal justice system.

Director of Probation Karen Osborn met with county officials on the Safety and Rules Committee last week, asking permission to accept the grant which will help administer two different programs designed to help at-risk youth and their families.

Those two programs, called the “Parent Project” and “Why Try?,” aim to prevent PINS (Persons In Need of Supervision) or delinquency petitions from being filed against a youth while also giving parents useful resources to help keep their kids on the right track.

Osborn said the two programs provide a valuable service that could keep troubled kids from making harmful decisions that lead to long-term consequences. They may also provide a cost savings to the county as it costs far more for reactive-type services for PINS than proactive programs, she added.

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