The state of Alabama is seeing less teens locked up now than years ago.
According to a report by the Youth Advocate Programs Policy and Advocacy Center, in 2013, about 1,500 youth were in custody in Alabama, compared to more than 3,000 in 2006.
The report is crediting community programs as the reason for the decrease.
Southeast Alabama Youth Services is a center devoted to changing the lives of troubled teens through community involvement and activities.
Executive Director Stanley Davis Says they don't focus on the youth's past but instead their future.
"They have been a tremendous asset to Southeast Alabama and actually to the entire state whenever you have programs like these who have been exposed to more positive things versus being a large facility," said Davis.
Davis says the programs must be working because they have not reached full capacity in their diversion center in the last couple of years.
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