Rehabilitation explanation today
The public will have its chance to see what is being done to reintroduce South Shore juvenile offenders into the classroom and the community after they commit crimes.
There is still a need for a juvenile detention facility in South Lake Tahoe but steps have been taken to create a school and counseling facility for minors right here at the lake.
The Transitional Reporting and Education Center will hold an open house Tuesday to discuss its program. Greg Sly, South Lake Tahoe’s deputy chief probation officer and TREC program manager, will be available with the rest of the staff to talk about the kids and their progress.
“It allows us to avoid incarceration (for juveniles),” Sly said.
The California Board of Corrections awarded El Dorado County’s Probation Department a three-year, $780,000 grant that grew with in-kind donations totaling $1,044,000.
Tahoe Youth and Family Services, El Dorado County Office of Education and the Probation Department are the agencies that oversee the project which helps 20 to 25 minors during their transitional period.
One full-time probation officer is on site at all times, and two counselors, one teacher and one teacher’s assistant make up the staff at the center.
There are 15 students who attend school full time and others who come in for evening classes. The juveniles also receive a range of counseling services either individually or with their parents.
Sly thinks the program is a necessary component to the community and part of the juvenile justice system. Rather than children being sent to the detention center in Placerville, which makes it hard for parents to be involved in the adjustment process, parents can be actively involved with their child’s probation.
The kids get to enjoy the outdoors and also participate in community clean-ups through the juvenile court work program, thus fulfilling their spectrum of community services.
Sly will periodically update the board of corrections about the center’s successes.
What: Transitional Reporting and Education Center Open House
Where: TREC Facility, 1286 Kyburz Ave., upstairs
When: Today, 3-4:30 p.m.
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