Editor’s note: The names of the two juveniles have been changed to protect their identity.
DRAPER — Two 18-year-old girls know they are lucky a judge ordered them to serve a 45-day commitment in the Gemstone program at the Genesis Youth Center in Draper.
Sarah said court officials could have easily sent her to adult court and serve time in jail with adults for her burglary charge.
“I turned 18 on May 1 and was sent here on May 2,” Sarah said as she twisted the cord on her navy blue hoodie, sitting next to Amy, who was hugging a throw pillow. “I thank God every day I’m not in jail.”
The 10-bed unit is the only one of its kind for female juvenile offenders in the state.