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Bethlehem Youth Court logs busy year

“Our end of year statistical report demonstrates that the Bethlehem Youth Court Program is a tremendous asset to the Bethlehem community,” said Co-Chairperson of the Bethlehem Youth Court Board of Directors Tom Spina in a statement. “Not only do we offer an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system for first time juvenile offenders, we provide intensive training to student volunteers and, most importantly, we give back to the Bethlehem community at large when the offenders and our volunteers perform hundreds of hours of community service a year.”

Charland said it’s difficult to draw conclusions from how 2012 has been going so far, but the court has seen eight cases in January, which is high.

“Over the years we do have our ebbs and flows … so I hate to read too much into it, but it does seem to be really busy,” she said.

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