New Berrien Co. program allows juvenile offenders to work off what they owe

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. -- Juvenile offenders in Berrien County will soon be able to work off what they owe to victims of their crimes.

The new program is called 3-WINS, and assigns community service work to juveniles who don't have money themselves.

Payments are then made to the victims from a fund of grants and donations, and not from tax dollars.

According to our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium, those involved in vandalism, break-ins, and other crimes can get into more trouble when they can't pay.

Officials say the new program provides good, honest work and gets rid of a system that sets offenders up to fail.

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