New Therapy for Young Offenders This Month, Kane County to Launch Two New Programs for Higher-Risk Juvenile Cases
Spak, Kara, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Kara Spak Daily Herald Staff Writer
Some of Kane County's most hard-core juvenile offenders will get another chance to straighten out under two new programs being launched locally.
Central Baptist Family Services, a non-profit organization that runs Kane County's sex offender treatment programs, will offer "family functional therapy" and "aggression replacement therapy" to select 11- to 18-year-olds later this month.
"The population we're looking to serve are higher-risk young men and women," said Bruce Rasey, senior vice president of Central Baptist Family Services. "If they continue with their activities, this will likely lead to the department of corrections. That's a very expensive alternative."
Crimes committed by juveniles have risen steadily in Kane County.
In 2003, 834 children and teens were in the county's supervision program, nearly 200 more than in 1999.
A judge can order juveniles in the court system into supervision, a probation-like program that checks on juvenile offenders at home and school and includes random drug tests. But beyond that, there is little the county offers for young offenders. …