Union County State's Attorney's Office

THE SOUTHERN: Spend a little, save even more

“Anecdotally, we see these things every day. We see these kids abused or neglected and in juvenile court, then in juvenile justice and ultimately in prison,” Edmonds said. “We know being educated doesn’t stop all crime, but there are a lot of folks that end up starting out from behind and never really recover.”

Law enforcement also sees the value of intensive probation services, such as Redeploy Illinois, as an alternative to incarceration. Edmonds said the intensive probation efforts have price tags in the thousands, instead of the tens of thousands needed for incarceration.

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Union County State's Attorney's Office