YOUTH AND DALLAS COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT
Each year, more than 9,700 kids, ages 10 to 17, come into contact with Dallas County law enforcement. One in five is a first-time offender. Most of them have run away from home, perhaps as a result of conflict with parents or an angry outburst that escalated into physical aggression against family members. Others have run away to escape physical, sexual and emotional abuse or neglect.
Treating runaways as hardened criminals is not the answer. Neither is ignoring the dangers of fledgling delinquency and life on the streets. There has to be a better alternative. Providing that alternative is the purpose of Letot Center.