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Meet Bryson Palmer
In 2015-2016, the Office of Juvenile Affairs received 13,079 referrals for a young person with problematic behavior...
Bryson was looking for a place to fit and trying 'fill a hole' resulting from on-going family problems. He got involved with a group of kids at school and tried marijuana. "I went from coke to ice to weed to air dusters that you get from Walmart to inhale and pass out." Finally to stealing his grandpa's car and totaling it.
The cascading problems result in Bryson coming into the juvenile justice system. A judge placed Bryson in OJA custody, where he spent 7 months at a group home in NE Oklahoma.
Here's his story... (click on picture)
About the Office of Juvenile Affairs
Throughout the state of Oklahoma, the Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) provides with its community partners; prevention, educational and treatment services, as well as secure facilities for juveniles in order to promote public safety and reduce juvenile delinquency.
Since 1995, OJA has showed its commitment to return Oklahoma's youth to their communities equipped with the education, social skills and support needed to make positive contributions to the state.
Some of the services and support OJA provides: