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Officials announce program for teenagers charged with criminal offenses

Officials will hold a meeting Monday afternoon in Wilmington to discuss a program which will address teenagers charged with criminal offenses.  (Source: Raycom Image Bank) Officials will hold a meeting Monday afternoon in Wilmington to discuss a program which will address teenagers charged with criminal offenses.  (Source: Raycom Image Bank)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

New Hanover County leaders announced a new program to give teenagers charged with criminal offenses a second chance.

The Interagency Governance Agreement for the Misdemeanor Diversion Program will provide first-time offenders ages 16 and 17, who are charged with non-violent crimes, an alternative to formal prosecution.

Law enforcement will refer teen offenders to the program, which includes a mock trial and discussion of what repercussions would be involved with their crime.

The teenagers will also complete at least 10 hours of community service. 

The county will fund the MDP program.

Officials said during a press conference Monday that the program will help teenagers recover from mistakes that would otherwise influence the rest of their adult lives.

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