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Teens who have had run ins with the lawmay get a fresh start if they graduate from a military styleacademy for troubled youth in Battle Creekunder a proposalmaking its way through the Michigan House of Representatives.
State Rep. John Bizon, R Battle Creek, has proposed a bill that would throwout the juvenile criminal records of students who complete the nearly 18 month program at the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy and get a judge’s approval.
“The bill is moving forward with bipartisan support,” Bizon said Tuesday. “State legislators from across the state are recognizing the benefit of this program for troubled youth.
“The overarching goal is to make them into productive members of society and keep them out of the court system and out of prison,” he added.
Bizon’s bill is expected to reach Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk before the end of the year. State Sen. John Proos, R St. Joseph, has introduced an identical bill,
which passedin the state Senate in September.
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The academy is a free, voluntary 22 week residential education program at Fort Custer run by Marshall Public Schools for students between 16 and 18 years old who have dropped out or are at risk of leaving high school.
Academyofficials monitor studentsfor an additional 12 months after they complete the residential portion of the program.
Most of those in the programhavebeen in trouble for drug use, alcohol abuse, shoplifting and other non felony, non violent offenses.”I think it’s a great opportunity, and I can’t thank Rep. Bizon and Sen. Proos enough for pushing this out as joint legislation,” Michigan Youth Challenge AcademyDirector Jeff Connell said. “The biggest thing is that our kids work extremely hard to be successful,
and this makes it easier for our kids to get through the expungement process and continue their success.