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Community service is the best way for youth to take responsibility for their mistakes, according to officials.

“It means the world to have quality individuals invested in the youth early on before they start getting comfortable with making bad decisions,” said Ian Butts, Justice Works Youth Care director.  

Lycoming County’s Juvenile Probation Office began a partnership with Justice Works Youth Care in 2015 and started a community service program together in February 2018. It’s a program that has been a staple of the county since the 990s, organized by various providers through the years.

Ed Robbins, juvenile probation chief, commended Justice Works for what it has been able to do with the youth in the past year. Roughly 40 youth went through the program, serving about 95 days for a total of 30 community hours each.

Ongoing jobs include removing graffiti from highway underpasses or helping to feed families in need.

The program is dedicated to acts of service that help the community as a whole, Robbins said. This includes helping organizations such as Goodwill Industries International Inc., the Williamsport Branch YMCA, the Lycoming County SPCA and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

Mandating community service for juvenile delinquents was common ... 

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