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Preliminary research into the Chess for Life Program in Alberta, Canada, shows that youth who are sentenced to chess instruction after committing non-violent crimes are learning useful life skills. (Shutterstock)

Judges sentence youth offenders to chess, with promising results

In Alberta, an alternative initiative sees youth who commit non-violent crimes sentenced to 25 hours of chess instruction with a University of Lethbridge professor.
Victoria has the lowest youth crime rate of any of the states, despite being the only one that does not have a police in schools program. Dean Lewins/AAP

Why police in schools won’t reduce youth crime in Victoria

The police in schools model abolished in Victoria in 2006 represents an outdated, paternalistic approach to youth crime and would not likely reduce youth crime rates if we brought it back now.

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