O.C. Grand Jury Targets Youth Crime

The Orange County Grand Jury called on the county Friday to spend more on intervention programs to keep teenagers from getting into trouble. And, to accommodate those who do, the grand jury advised adding beds to juvenile detention facilities.

Grand Juror Ray Gott, a former juvenile justice officer who was chairman of the committee that wrote the report, said, "We're advocating that monies be identified or reallocated to do delinquency prevention."

The grand jury recommended, among other things, that the county write a master plan to develop delinquency prevention programs, that the Board of Supervisors increase its budget for intervention programs and plan more facilities to house juvenile offenders, and vocational programs.

The recommendations are not binding, but the county Department of Education and the Board of Supervisors must respond to them within 90 days.

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