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Second Chances: 100 Years of the Children's Court, Giving Kids a Chance to Make a Better Choice

They’re prosecutors, politicians, poets and probation officers; academics, attorneys, athletes and authors; students, stockbrokers and sales people; football players and firefighters.

They’ve worked at the highest levels of government, as advisors to presidents and in the  US Senate. They’ve prosecuted, defended and judged their fellow men and women. They’ve achieved unprecedented feats on the field of athletic competition. They’ve served their country honorably.

And when they were kids, every one of them was in trouble with the law.

But for the protections and rehabilitative focus of the Juvenile Court - a uniquely  American invention that was the brainchild of a group of Chicago women activists in the  1800s - many of them would simply not be where they are today. And most of them would  be the first to admit it.

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