Cuts Loom In Nashville’s Juvenile Court


If someone had paid attention to the teenagers committing crimes years ago they might not be in prison today. That’s what adult prisoners tell Verna Wyatt of the Nashville victims rights group You Have the Power, The Tennessean reports. She is unhappy about pending budget cuts that may eliminate the jobs of probation officers, prosecutors, and others who work to straighten out troubled kids in Nashville’ s juvenile court.

On the chopping block are three prosecutors and a victim advocate who work on minor juvenile cases, the juvenile drug court system, which provides more supervision, drug testing, and referrals for treatment for juveniles with serious substance problems, an in-house court mediator who settles minor disputes and custody issues between unmarried parents, without formally going to court, and a juvenile gang probation officer, who offers specialized supervision for confirmed gang members.

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