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LIFE Program Offers Alternative to In-School Juvenile Arrest

The Richmond Police Department and Richmond Public Schools are proud to launch the LIFE Program, which is aimed at reducing the frequency and disparity of in-school juvenile arrests.

 “Introduction to the criminal justice system comes too soon for many of Virginia’s young people,” said Police Chief Alfred Durham. “We see the LIFE program as a way to intervene and help at-risk youth make positive choices and become emerging leaders in their community.”

Based on the evidence-based TAPS Academy program used across the nation, the 9-week LIFE program targets at-risk young people age 13-19, who’ve been involved in potentially criminal incident that could lead to their arrest. Instead, they are offered an alternate learning opportunity focused on constructive life lessons and enhancing that student’s ability for success.

“The launch of the LIFE program is a clear representation of the strong partnership between the Richmond Police Department and Richmond Public Schools,” said Dr. Dana Bedden…