Tulsa initiative aims to reduce youth prosecutions

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A Tulsa initiative funded by a federal grant
is seeking to reduce the number of minority youths who are in the
juvenile justice system.

Representatives of agencies connected with the Tulsa County Disproportionate Minority Contact Reduction Initiative are scheduled to sign a memorandum of understanding on Monday morning.

The Community Service Council received the $75,000 grant last year to start what is foreseen as a long-term project. Project coordinator Corinne Fiagome says the council will serve as the hub for organizing the plan.

She says the project's goal is to ensure fair and equal treatment for youths, regardless of race or ethnicity, while addressing the issue of juvenile delinquency.

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