The Back on Track program was launched in partnership with the Department of Juvenile Justice in February 2019. Back on Track is designed to reach first or second-time juvenile offenders who are sentenced to probation.
The program bridges the gap between law enforcement and youth in our community. It focuses on issues through building a connection, developing mutual respect, trust, and willingness to continue the dialogue beyond the program.
During its inception in 2019, 89 youth participated in the intervention program with 80% of those youth not re-offending. From the time spans of January 2020 to March 2020 and October 2020 to April 2021, 55 youth participated in the Back on Track program with 71% of participants not re-offending.
Due to COVID-19, there were no sessions held March 12, 2020 – September 29, 2021. In 2020, LCSO secured a $100,000 grant through the Department of Juvenile Justice to continue this program and service additional youth in the community. In May 2021, the Department of Juvenile Justice renewed our grant agreement for the upcoming school year. In person Back on Track Sessions will resume in August 2021.