Several hundred juvenile offenders in Paterson, N.J., get free home health care visits from a doctor and nurses as part of their probation, says the New York Times. Staff members from Joseph's Regional Medical Center volunteer time for monthly consultations, accompany probation officers on home visits, answering questions, giving medical advice and offering cursory checkups to youngsters and some family members. The visits - part of the Village Initiative (as in, "It takes a village") - might be helping cut recidivism. In the five years since the program began, recidivism rates that once hovered around 37 percent have fallen . . .
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