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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A new juvenile justice diversion program for students in the Iowa City Community School District is now up and running.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen says (http://icp-c.com/YLNs2J ) the program was implemented about a month ago.
Students in the school district facing a first-time disorderly conduct charge on school grounds can now opt to complete a multi-step program in lieu of a simple misdemeanor charge. Local school, police, county and court representatives collaborated on the program.
Johnson County social worker Latasha DeLoach says the program's goal is to address the high number of incidents that school administrators have referred to law enforcement in recent years — including 81 in the 2012-13 school year and 37 last year.
Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/
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