Sac & Fox Nation, Oklahoma

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The Oklahoma National Guard and the tribe have signed an agreement to move a Guard-run juvenile offenders program from Pryor to Stroud. The Guard will lease 36 beds in the tribe's Juvenile Detention Center to house participants in the Guard's three- to five-day program and its 14- to 21-day program. The juvenile integration and remediation program involves the Guard and the state Office of Juvenile Affairs. The goal is to deter future juvenile problems with a structured quasi-military program. The program teaches critical life skills and offers a positive lifestyle for troubled youths. Jerry Regier, executive director of the Office of Juvenile Affairs, said the central location of the Sac and Fox facility will make it more accessible to judges and Juvenile Services personnel throughout the state. A judge can send a juveniles from 13 to 18 to the program for a "wake-up'' call. Juveniles who are wards of the state can be sent to the longer program for rules infractions such as drug usage, breaking curfew or skipping school.