immediate release -- April 26, 2000.
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Applauds Move to put Juvenile Court
School Liaisons in More Schools
Iowa Attorney General
Tom Miller applauded action by the Legislature late Tuesday to fund an
additional 25 Juvenile Court School Liaisons to work with delinquent and
at-risk youth in junior high and middle schools around the state. The
Legislature increased school liaison funding by $650,000 for next year.
"This is a proven
program that helps fight juvenile delinquency and improves learning opportunities
for all students," Miller said.
with a Juvenile Court Officer to supervise students who are on probation,"
he said. "They also work with individual youth who have been identified
as at risk. This is one of the most effective things we can do to prevent
juvenile crime. Liaisons also respond to disruptive classroom behavior
so our schools are safer and all kids can learn better."
Governor Tom Vilsack
and Attorney General Miller sought expansion of the Juvenile Court School
Liaison funding to increase the number of schools participating in the
program. Liaisons work through cooperative arrangements between local
schools and the Juvenile Court. There are currently approximately 130
Juvenile Court School Liaisons. Funding of $650,000 for the additional
25 liaisons is part of the DHS appropriations bill approved late Tuesday
and sent to the Governor.
can happen when schools and the Juvenile Court work together," Miller
said. "Schools are the best place for the Juvenile Court to reach
youth. And the presence of the Juvenile Court Liaison in the school helps
ensure a safe environment, free of interruptions, where students can learn.
There are two important results: learning goes up and juvenile crime goes
down. Everyone benefits."
Miller's office co-hosts
a conference each year to provide training for the Juvenile Court School
Liaisons. "We have learned that Liaisons succeed because they work
intensively with delinquent and at-risk youth," he said. "They
see the youth every day and get to know their schools, neighborhoods and
families. This frequency and intensity is key to success."
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