- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Statewide law enforcement groups in Minnesota say they support community-based youth programs as a way to keep young people out of trouble.

A 2012 report from the Minnesota Office of Justice Programs shows that 90 percent of youth involved in intervention programs do not receive tickets, citations or new delinquency charges while receiving programming.

Members of the statewide County Attorneys Association, Sheriffs Association, Police Chiefs Association and other groups are joining the Minnesota Youth Intervention Programs Association on Wednesday to show support for programs that they say keep youth out of the juvenile justice system and improve overall public safety.

The groups say intervention programs give at-risk youth the support they need to make good choices.

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