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Judge Plans On Utilizing New "At Risk Children" Law

Last updated on Thursday, June 16, 2011

(LAFAYETTE) - A new law takes effect July 1st that will allow juvenile court judges to identify at-risk children and intervene early by offering services before they’re adjudicated as a delinquent.

Judge Loretta Rush of Tippecanoe Superior Court 3, the county's juvenile court, supports the new law. She says you want to look at the reasons and get some programs in place before a child gets completely pulled into the delinquency system.

Establishing such programs is not mandatory, but Rush says she plans to use it.

How will at-risk youth be identified? Indiana identifies them as children who are at risk of becoming involved in a juvenile proceeding, facing suspension or expulsion from school, at risk of dropping out of school, or who were previously deemed a ward of the state.

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