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LISTEN – Church, Deputies Partner to Prevent Crime

Sunday, June 18, 2017

(K-LOVE News – Adam Russell) – Christians in North Carolina have joined with a local law enforcement agency to keep their children safe and out of jail.

The Daily Reflector reports the program is based on the idea that education and early intervention are two keys to keeping youth out of prison.

(You can HEAR more about the plan to fight crime with inside looks behind bars by clicking play below.)

Launched a year ago, the program partners St. John Missionary Baptist Church with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office to warn teens of the potential consequences of their choices.

After a discussion with deputies earlier this spring, organizers thought a demonstration would be helpful, so they asked for permission for a field trip of sorts that was unlike any they had taken at school.

The students crossed the fence line and behind bars. But this isn’t “Scared Straight.”

Nobody yelled at the students or got in their faces. Instead, it was an event that featured prayer and Bible reading.

One organizer told The Reflector God placed it in his heart and spirit. The man said he felt compelled to do something to try to prevent the next generation from landing in jail.

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