One consequence: what to do with expelled high school kids? Blaine County, Idaho, has one idea.
Day treatment program considered for juvenile offenders BY KAREN BOSSICK
Hailey~The county's Probation Department is considering starting up a day treatment program for youngsters between the ages of 8 and 18 who have been expelled from school.
March 2005 saw a big increase in the cost of the Probation department providing detention. One boundary of problem is, the kids needed to be there. But while the kids are in custody, their education isn't going forward -- another push on the road to crime. Another boundary is the kids can't be in the regular classes, because they're a risk factor to the other kids.
There's likely to be many more kids involved in detention because of the Blaine County School District's relatively new zero tolerance policy for alcohol and drug use.
There's another drug that's rampant in the Wood River Valley: alcohol. Even "the good kids" consider that they have a right to drink before the age of 21, as long as they are "drinking responsibly." It isn't clear what happens to a kid with a DUI -- is he suspended? Or she?
"The real problem in our community is not the children but the parents of children who are not providing proper guidance," said Len Harlig, who co-chairs the [criminal justice] council. "We need to do something; we can't just say it's human nature. It's not just the social costs we're looking at but the financial and emotional costs, as well."