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KCSO's Project: Think Twice to be Featured at Joint Conference on Juvenile Justice

Thursday, 01 August 2013

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is proud that its innovative program, Project: Think Twice, will be featured this year at the 30th Joint Conference on Juvenile Justice. The conference will be held Sunday, August 4th through Wednesday, August 7th at the Marriot Hotel & Resorts in Knoxville. Representatives are expected from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the National Juvenile Court Services Association. In attendance will be judges and juvenile court staff from all 95 counties across Tennessee and other states, as well as numerous state and private agencies that work with children and families. Attendance is expected to exceed 500 participants.

The KCSO will have a booth highlighting Project: Think Twice in the lobby area at the conference and Sergeant Sheila Story will speak about the project on Tuesday, August 6th at 10:30.

Project: Think Twice was launched by the KCSO on March 21, 2013.  It is aimed at kids ages 12-17 and their parents or guardians. The purpose of the program is to show how bad decisions could eventually lead to jail. This is a one of its kind program developed by the staff of the Special Services Division after numerous calls from parents about what to do with teens headed in the wrong direction. The program is limited to 15 teens and their parents.  While the kids tour the Detention Facility, the parents will get a brief tour of the facility and then participate in a presentation on parenting skills, dealing with troubled teens, and how to get help before it’s too late. Then the kids and parents are reunited in a session as they listen to incarcerated inmates talk about what led them to crime and spending time behind bars. There will be a question and answer session available following the presentation. The entire program is expected to last around two hours.

Specific guidelines and sign up applications are available on the Sheriff’s Office website, Just click on “Project: Think Twice” on the right side of the webpage. If you prefer to talk to someone and sign up, call the Special Services Division at (865) 215-5633.



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