Several local judges and the Jefferson County attorney have been examining how to implement a pilot program of restorative justice, which advocates argue will cut down on repeat offenders, keeping students out of detention centers and in the classroom.

“It's focused on holding you accountable,” said DeWayne Westmoreland, deputy director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, who spoke in support of CLOUT's efforts. “Most importantly … restorative justice does not give up on kids.”

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