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American Idol's Matt Lawrence on Juvenile Justice Reform

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Tune in to Juvenile Justice Matters on Thursday, April 1, for an interview with American Idol contestant and juvenile justice advocate Matt Lawrence. At 15, Matt was an honors student and captain of his high school football team when he robbed a bank with a BB gun. He spent four year incarcerated in the Texas juvenile justice system, during which time he was able to earn his GED and high school diploma, and took college courses. Even though it was his first offense, in many states his crime would have resulted in an automatic adult sentence. Because he stayed in the juvenile system, Matt was able to turn his life around and get the chance to audition for American Idol. You don’t want to miss this show!