Taxpayers in Memphis and Shelby County pay a high price for juvenile crime.
The budget at Juvenile Court zoomed past $31 million in 2004.
Crime Tracker focuses tonight on a new program that treats young offenders with a faith based approach and it's not costing you a dime.
Just east of FedEx Forum, you'll find the old Abe Scharf YMCA at Linden and Lauderdale.
It's soon to be transformed into something called the JIFF "ForHim." The play on words emphasizes a faith based approach!
JIFF stands for Juvenile Intervention and Faith Based Follow-up. All the 12 to 18 year olds who come here after school are referred by Juvenile Court:
There's basketball and other after-school activities you'd expect as well as one on one mentoring from men like Tyrone Stewart:
Regular Bible study opens young minds to the Scriptures, in some cases, for the first time.
The new program appears to be working. Nationally, 82% of juveniles who have been incarcerated get in trouble with the law again, 57% return to juvenile jail.
JIFF, which has served 127 kids since March 2003, has only seen 31 percent of its graduates re-arrested and only 19 percent returned to lock-up.