By Sarah Rohrs
Rather than throwing the book at them if they commit crimes in their formative years, youth need to be steered into learning, instead, and into a path leading to college rather than prison.
Two congressmen voiced that sentiment Monday during a Town Hall forum held at Jesse Bethel High School. Attended by about 100 teens and other community members, the forum also touched on local violence and crime.
“We can lock up an even greater proportion of the population or take preventive measures early so that they don’t get into trouble in the first place,” said Rep. Bobby Scott, a Democrat from Virginia.