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Posted on: April 28, 2016

[ARCHIVED] LA JOYA ISD POLICE DEPARTMENT IS COMMENDED FOR ITS FIRST OFFENDER PROGRAM

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Commissioners Court recognized the La Joya Independent School District and police chief for an innovative program which offers students who have been convicted of misdemeanors a clean slate.

La Joya ISD Chief of Police Raul Gonzalez said the program, which began in October, allows first time offenders to have their criminal records destroyed "as if they never existed," when students complete the six-week program with an additional 90 days of probation.

The program celebrated its first four graduates of the program in late March by having each child shred their state criminal files. Students in the First Offender program learn how to become good citizens. After completion of the program, they enter a 90 day probation period and after successful completion, are able to shred their criminal records.

"It's something that we're very proud of and very pleased. It doesn't cost the County any money" said Gonzalez, adding that the program may actually save the county money in the long run by avoiding arrests and other costs involved with applying a criminal records to minors.

Commissioners court members thanked Chief Gonzalez for implementing the program and congratulated him on its success.

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