Soraya Shockley

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The Smart Girl

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In less than a month, Soraya Shockley will leave for college. The new phase of her life holds promise, and some dread.

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Unlocked: Juvenile Probation Reformed

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Back in 2000, Wayne County made some major changes to its juvenile probation system, making the program more therapeutic. Before reforms in Wayne County, the recidivism rate for juveniles was about six in ten kids. Now the recidivism rate is low — holding steady at around 16 percent.

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Unlocked: From Probation to Incarceration

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In recent years, Alameda country’s incarcerated juvenile population dropped by half. Now, instead of using detention centers that remove kids from their homes, judges are ordering young offenders into the probation system. But the system presents hidden challenges.