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NC teen drug court program offers second chance

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Three teens have been given a second chance as they graduated a drug court program at Wake Forest University School of Law's partnership with "Reclaiming Futures" Wednesday.

Reclaiming Futures Juvenile Drug Court is a second chance program for teens ages 12-16 who are battling substance abuse issues or facing charges.

Led by District Court Judge Denise Hartsfield, the program pairs teens with mentors, requires community service and 90-day sobriety in order to graduate.

"I am just real happy that the program seems to be working from every angle," Hartsfield said. "The biggest for me is to make sure that these kids do not enter into the criminal justice system at 16 where they will have a record that follows them the rest of their lives. I have seen changes in their school work I have seen changes in their parents' comments about what they're doing at home, I've see changes in their behavior."

Since the programs inception in January 2013, 36 teens have participated in the program.

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