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Juvenile Hall Now Housing Older Offenders

Nevada County’s Juvenile Hall population is a little bit bigger, but not because of a recent kid crime spree. The facility is now housing what are called transitional youth, which are eligible offenders between the ages of 18 and 21. Chief Probation Officer Mike Ertola says the program is aimed at rehabilitation, not incarceration…

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Those services include education, job training, therapy, and mental health services Also, if the offenders accept the plea and serve 18 months, their case will be dismissed from their record. The pilot program was approved by the state legislature last year, and Nevada is one of only five counties accepted, mostly because the whole thing was Ertola’s idea…

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The first two young adults were accepted into the facility last month. By law, they are being housed away from the juveniles already there.

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