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Shelby Co. DA's program aims to decrease truancy

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(WMC-TV) – Twenty-five percent of juvenile crime happens during school hours, which is another reason Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich is working to promote the Truancy Reduction Mentoring Program.

Thursday commissioners in Gov. Bill Haslam's Safety Cabinet say DA Weirich's program is a model for other communities.

The group visited Chickasaw Middle School to meet with students and mentors about the program, aimed to reduce the number of kids who move from truancy to delinquency.

Seventy-four percent of Shelby County jail population reported being truant.

The Shelby County program has mentored 380 students. There are currently 25 students matched with mentors for the 2013-2014 school year. Another 64 students were referred to the program, which means they are looking for mentors to help.

Tonight on Action News 5 at 5, Lauren Squires explains how the program is helping students get back on track and how you can help.

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