New jobs programs seeks to cut fines and employ youth

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is praising a new city program giving young people with fines the chance to have them reduced.  The Civil Liberties Jobs Program reduces fines in exchange for the person getting on the job training and seeking long-term employment.

It’s a partnership between the city and the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment.

Anyone who is unemployed, 16-to-24 years old, and with a non-violent municipal fine is eligible to participate.

Once a participant completes the program, judges cut their fines in half.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union will also open banking and savings accounts for participants, and help teach them how to save money.