Union County is receiving money to help their juvenile justice system.
The $15,000 grant comes from the Redeploy Illinois initiative, started by the Department of Health and Human Services in 2004.
Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds joined us on the Morning Newswatch Thursday to explain how the money will be used. He says the money will bring in resources for the First Judicial District to use in regards to the juvenile probation system.
"When a kid is on probation in the juvenile system and on the cusp of going to juvenile prison," Edmonds said. "We're bringing in more resources, different types of counseling, family counseling and other resources to try and keep them out of the juvenile justice system."
Edmonds says the money is desperately needed so those in the juvenile justice system don’t wind up in prison as adults.