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Roundtree supporting new youth intervention program

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

"My passion is children, trying to break the cycle of violence and incarceration, especially in our area," said Sheriff Richard Roundtree.

Richmond County's top cop is fed up with the violence among Augusta's youth, and now he's taking a stand against it.

"This program actually gives kids the opportunity to see the consequences of bad choices, and it also gives them opportunity to interact with law enforcement," said Roundtree.

And, they even have the opportunity to interact with the sheriff himself!

"I campaigned on the fact I'm going to be a part of this community," Roundtree added. "I'm going to do everything I can, use every resource this office can to help this community."

The plan, officially known as the Juvenile Offender Impact Program, is in partnership with juvenile court judges. At-risk youth perform community services, talk to inmates, even dress like them. It's in the beginning phases now, but Roundtree said he's already seeing results.

"The kids were saying how much they saw, if they don't change their behavior, this could be their lifestyle, and you see the light go on," said Roundtree.

An example of what the Sheriff is trying to prevent: a recent shooting at a party in a South Augusta home. The suspect in the case is just 17-years-old.

"I met with the group and actually shared that story with them, and told them, we have a 17-year-old who is incarcerated, and will probably spend a large majority of his life at 17 behind bars," said Roundtree.

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