The Alabama Department of Youth Services is being awarded a $408,000 grant to rehabilitate young sex offenders, according to Governor Robert Bentley's office.
The governor's office said the money will go toward continuation of a DYS program that holds juvenile sex offenders accountable while seeking to change their behavior.
The program, called Continuum of Care, is available in 15 counties across Alabama including Autauga, Elmore, and Montgomery counties.
"Youthful offenders in this program have an opportunity that may not be available later in life—a chance to turn away from a life of crime," Bentley said. "I commend the program staff for their commitment to helping these juveniles turn their lives around before it's too late."
The community-based program is for nonviolent offenders who are ordered to participate as an alternative to juvenile detention. Offenders who have been released from detention also participate in the program when they return to their homes. Juveniles ages 10-12 identified by courts or community agencies as displaying at-risk behavior may also be ordered to participate in the program.
The grant is being administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) and is being made available from a U.S. Department of Justice grant.
The governor's office said matching funds of $45,352 will supplement the grant.