Columbia launches youth crime prevention program

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Police in Columbia are launching a new program they hope will help steer kids away from crime.

Acting Chief Ruben Santiago and Mayor Steve Benjamin on Friday are kicking off Operation R.I.S.K. That stands for Rescuing Inner City Students and Kids.

Officials say the program is designed to deter teenagers from getting into trouble and help them make the right decisions. It also aims to teach about the consequences of bad choices.

Participants also stay overnight at a mock jail at a city courthouse to learn firsthand what it's like to be locked up.

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