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King's Juvenile Justice College Mentoring Program of Luzerne County recently received a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Byrne Justice Assistance Grant of almost $145,000 to fund the second and third years of the program. The program, announced in October 2011, involves trained King's student volunteers mentoring first-time, non-violent juvenile offenders from Luzerne County. The program is coordinated at King's by the Criminal Justice/Sociology and Psychology Departments. Student volunteers are sophomores through seniors and represent a variety of academic disciplines. Luzerne County agencies that provide support to the program include the offices of the District Attorney and Public Defender, Juvenile Probation Services and the county judiciary. During a recent planning session, from left, first row: King's principles Louis Palmeri, adjunct lecturer in sociology; Jean O'Brien, professor of psychology; Paul Lindenmuth, associate technical professor of criminal justice; the Rev. John Ryan, president; and Tish Last, grants administrator. Second row: Luzerne County personnel Kris Nardi and Barb Sorino, social workers in the Public Defender's office; Cheryl Sobieski-Reedy, senior staff attorney, Juvenile Defender Unit of the Public Defender's office; and Al Flora Jr., chief public defender, Luzerne County.

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