By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Since 2004, youth in Keizer have been getting second chances thanks to Keizer Youth Peer Court.
The program was started by Cari Emery, who had been running a similar program in Stayton and Sublimity since 2001.
With help from the Keizer Police Department – in particular Captain Jeff Kuhns – Emery adopted the program for Keizer. There are now four such programs in Marion County, with officials from Lebanon looking to start one as well.
Emery soon found balancing the programs in Keizer and Stayton-Sublimity wasn’t the difficult part.
“It wasn’t a hard balance,” Emery said. “The only difference was getting to know Keizer. You have to know the community, or else it doesn’t work. I had to learn what all the people wanted.”
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