“Stand Alone When Making a Choice”

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Annual YCAP program held at LCC

This year’s message during the Youth Crime Prevention Program (YCAP) surrounded peer pressure and making choices. Since 2013, the La-Salle Parish Sheriff’s Office and the LaSalle Correctional Center have hosted YCAP and invited eighth grade students to tour the prison and hear testimonies from inmates.

Sheriff Scott Franklin’s vision is to bring eighth graders in every year and allow them to see what life would be like in prison. He chose eighth grade because they already experience peer pressure in junior high. They are heading into high school years where peer pressure will ramp up and go to a higher level due to the availability of vehicles and transportation to go to and from different events.

At YCAP, the students listen to inmates give testimonies of their bad decisions, what led them down that road and what life is like in prison.


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