DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Taking pictures incidents have been on the rise in Durham and a rising variety of teenagers have been concerned in gun violence during the last 12 months.
In accordance with knowledge from Durham police, final 12 months 39 teenagers ages 14 to 17 had been shot in Durham and three of these teenagers died.
Durham officers say extra teenagers had been concerned in additional critical crimes this previous 12 months involving weapons, robberies and thefts.
After North Carolina handed the “increase the age legislation” permitting 16 and 17-year-olds to be charged as juveniles moderately than adults, Durham County is now working with extra court-involved teenagers.
Nisha Williams, chair of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, mentioned the county presently has seven intervention applications for youth that the council helps fund and teenagers are a part of these applications both by way of a courtroom order or they had been referred.
Williams mentioned for the reason that “increase the age legislation” took impact there’s a want for extra intervention applications geared towards 16 and 17-year -olds.
“One factor that we’ve been attempting to push with our new funding are applications that provide vocational ability constructing,” mentioned Williams.
She added that among the delinquent 16 and 17-year-olds could also be faculty dropouts.
“If they aren’t attending faculty, we wish to guarantee that they’ve some kind of ability set that they will be capable to make the most of in the actual world,” Williams mentioned.
As well as, Williams mentioned they’re additionally on the lookout for applications that present emergency housing for teenagers, as there is a matter with teen homelessness as properly.
One of many seven intervention applications in Durham County that the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council presently helps fund is the P.R.O.U.D. program, which stands for Private Duty to Overcome with Understanding & Dedication.
“Our objective is to cease younger individuals from getting into in and going additional into the legal justice system,” mentioned Quillie Coath Jr., government director of the group. “We additionally work to lower faculty dropouts.”
Coath mentioned their program offers one-on-one steering to teenagers who’re both referred or ordered by courtroom to get assist.
“A variety of these younger persons are coping with something from stress to substance points, and a few of them are coping with violence,” Coath mentioned.
Coath mentioned they’ve began to see extra 16 and 17-year-olds are available for the reason that “increase the age legislation” took impact.
“Now we are able to work with them on some work readiness, communication points, battle points and undoubtedly a few of this group violence that’s occurring,” Coath mentioned.
Williams mentioned they’re now soliciting proposals for intervention/prevention applications to serve delinquent and at-risk youth. She mentioned native companies and non-profits are inspired to use.
“The objective of a few of these applications that we fund is to have the ability to rehabilitate and tackle the problems which can be taking place in every particular person youth’s life,” Williams mentioned.
The deadline to use is March 31, 2021 at 5 p.m.
If you want to submit a proposal for an intervention program, contact Kelly Waggy at 919-560-0534 or ship an e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.