Young Offender Camp a Possibility for Area

August 10, 2007

By EMILIE RAGUSO  |  Sacramento Bee  —

Stanislaus and neighboring counties will keep more youthful offenders closer to home if a monumental change to the state’s juvenile justice system is approved with this year’s budget.

“I’ve been in this business for 34 years, and this has been the biggest thing I’ve seen happen,” said Brian L. Cooley, Merced County’s chief probation officer.

Stanislaus County probation officials see the change as an opportunity to expand local resources, offer more supervision after the youths’ release and build a juvenile camp.

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