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It's a sight that's heartbreaking for parents to watch… their child being locked up behind bars.
"I think it's just as much my responsibility to teach and educate the kids as it is to arrest a criminal out there on the streets," Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile.
After months of getting questions from parents about how to help at risk teens, Sheriff Faile and his men developed a new program called Crossroads, similar to the documentary "Scared Straight".
Participants will spend one night in jail to get a taste of what life behinds bars is really like if they keep making destructive choices.
"We will put them through several different classes to try to teach them awareness, facilitate awareness and accountability, and speak to them about the poor choice they're making," said Sheriff Faile.
Along with classes, participants will clean cells and partake in physical fitness training.
Sheriff Faile has high hopes for the program, but admits the teens must want to change if it's going to be successful.
"Will all of it work with every kid that comes through this program, I don't know, but if we can reach one I think that's what we're out to do," said Faile.
Parents of the participants will also attend a workshop to learn techniques to deal with their troubled teen.
The program is 100% voluntary and parents may register their child beginning immediately for the first session.
Youth ages 12-16 are eligible for participation. Boys and girls will be separated and attend separate sessions.
Registration forms are available at the front desk of the Sheriff's Office Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm. A registration fee of $25 ($50 out of county residents) is due at the time the registration is turned in.
Programs will be held each third Friday of every month and registrations are due the Wednesday prior to the scheduled event.
Each month will alternate between male and female participants. Space is limited to 7 participants for each session and applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.
First Session: Friday September 20th, 2013 (Male only)