U.K. Company Helps Young Offenders

WARRINGTON, United Kingdom — British manufacturer Rixonway Kitchens has donated kitchen units to Thorn Cross Prison in Warrington to teach juvenile offenders new skills in a bid to reduce recidivism rates.
The program offers a fitted interiors course run by the Open College Network North West Region and allows offenders to earn a diploma or certification.
The course trains 10 students at a time in kitchen fitting, providing them with a trade and social and life skills that are hoped will help them find meaningful employme

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Programs Reduce Utah’s Youth Crime Rate

SALT LAKE CITY The juvenile crime rate in Utah has dropped from more than 6 percent to less than 1 percent over the last 20 years, and experts attribute the decline to the states approach to corrections and prevention.
The Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services oversees juvenile offenders and rehabilitation in Utah. The number of minors referred to court has declined 20 percent since 2008, with the trend expected to continue through 2011.

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London Mayor Encourages Employment for Former Offenders

LONDON — London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, is urging construction bosses to employ juvenile ex-offenders for projects in the city.

The Mayor is ensuring jobs with the Greater London Authority’s construction projects and wants to see more programs like the Olympic Delivery Authority’s pilot program, which is providing work placements for up to 60 ex-offenders on the Olympic Park.

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