Prosecutors, police, youth offenders and casino owners have all teamed up for a new youth diversionary arts program in Atlantic City that gives teens the opportunity to work with artists painting murals.
The program not only gives teens something to do in the summer, but for some it also gives them a chance to expunge their records.
“We come up with a contract between them, their parents, and us and it basically says if you participate in this program and you successfully complete, then you’ll have no arrest, no conviction, no charges like that on your juvenile record. So it’s basically work being done in lieu of criminal charges,” said James Sarkos, deputy chief of the Atlantic City Police Department.
The pilot program is 8 weeks long, with the potential to give them tools to succeed for a lifetime.