Juvenile court system stepping into the ring to create positive impact on teenagers

The Faulkner County Juvenile Court system is partnering with the University of Central Arkansas to create a positive impact on teens. THV11's Katlyn Gardenhire has the story.

FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark. (KTHV)- The Faulkner County juvenile court system has paired with the University of Central Arkansas to help make a positive impact on teenagers and it's working.

Judge Troy Braswell said juveniles make mistakes but that doesn't mean they can't have a bright future, they just need some guidance.

“UCA has been very vital in stepping in and providing support through our boxing program, tutoring, our financial literacy class, and just overall support of our court,” he said.

That’s what UCA professor Neil Rutman does. Rutman volunteers his time to train juveniles in boxing and life lessons.

“It's fun to box but it's about instilling in the young men that you can't break the law,” he said.

During the lesson, he said gets to know the kids and gives them advice.

“We talk about some moral issue relating to their life like obeying their parents and treating girls well,” Rutman said.

“We've seen a 25 percent reduction in the number of kids going to jail with a 7 percent reduction in charges filed by the prosecuting attorney’s office,” according to Judge Braswell.

Judge Braswell said he wants to keep this progress going, so he’s expanding the drug court team.

“We've reached out to the Conway police department, the sheriff’s department and workplace services to bring members of those associations in to help support the youth in our community,” he said.

On Thursday at UCA, Judge Braswell and his partners will reveal more about the new expansion program and how it will impact local youth, their families, and the community.

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