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Youth group learns how to avoid incarceration

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Submitted photos- TOP: Pictured above are members of the EMMS Youth Group. BOTTOM: Mary Boden Harris, director of the EMMS group, recognized Officer Larry Jones and Deputy China Jackson for helping explain to youth how to properly deal with law enforcement encounters and to avoid incarceration.

On May 17, an EMMS Youth Group workshop was held at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Ruston. The presenters were Deputy China Jackson from the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and Officer Larry Jones from the Bernice Police Department.

Jackson told the youth about what people experience when being booked as an inmate at her facility. She said that each person being booked is strip-searched, sprayed with a solution for hair lice and showered down before being issued an orange jump suit and placed in a jail cell.

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