Juvenile ChoiceA Program Geared to Help Teens Make the RIGHT choice.

The Pasco Sheriff’s Office  is proud to offer the Juvenile Choice program.  This program is geared toward teens and demonstrates what can happen when the wrong choices in life are made.

Cpl. Ron Gardner and Deputy Tim Bullock worked closely with the inmates and developed the presentation. “We hope to reach 4,000 teens with this program,” said Cpl. Ron Gardner. “The messages of the inmates are very compelling and they talk about the bad choices they made and how they ended up behind bars.”

The program also talks about the dangers of prescription drugs and how that can lead to a life of crime. “I am excited to see this program and think it will have a positive impact on our youth in Pasco County,” said Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco. “The prescription drug epidemic is just one cause that can destroy someone’s life and lead to a life of crime. I hope our youth get a chance to see this positive message and choose good decisions in their lives.”

The Juvenile Choice Program is an hour-long power point presentation that shows stories of inmates and how students can make better choices in life. The program features recorded presentations from four inmates who talk about their choices that left them behind bars.

The Juvenile Choice Program presentation will also be shown to juveniles participating in the court mandated monthly Juvenile Arbitration program at Pasco Safety Town. In an effort to reach out to as many youth as possible, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office is working with the Pasco County Schools, YMCA, The United Way of Pasco County, Boys and Girls Club of Pasco County and Pasco Police Athletic League.

Citizens who would like to request a speaker regarding this program can go to the following link:

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