A program designed to curb at-risk youth from winding up in handcuffs by having them spend a night at the Chester County Detention Center will be featured on national television Thursday night.
Last year, the Chester County Sheriff's Office unveiled Project STORM in hopes of giving troubled teens a reality check of what life is really like behind bars so they'll make changes in their lives before they ever appeared before a judge.
As he campaigned for election in 2012, Sheriff Alex Underwood said he wanted to start more programs targeting the county's youth.
At its inception last summer, the program first started enrolling boys, but later expanded to include girls, as well. It's fully funded by registration fees. Parents pay $25 to enroll their children in the program.
Once the teens are say goodbye to their parents, they're at the mercy of law enforcement. Behind bars, they eat what correction officers tell them to eat, do what they're told to do and spend time among inmates who regale them with tales of what they can expect from a life as a criminal.
A&E is channel 149 for Comporium subscribers and channel 265 for DirecTV customers.
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