In this May 4, 2016, photo, Philip Graceffa poses for a photo with his mother, Cynthia, at her home in Rockford, Ill. Graceffa recently finished the Redeploy Illinois program, which gives juveniles an option based in the community, instead of prison. Several Redeploy programs around the state are being cut because of the state budget impasse. Phillip says the program helped turn his life around after several bad decisions. He’s now working at a local fast food restaurant, completing his high school equivalency and dreams of being a firefighter someday.
In this May 4, 2016, photo, Philip Graceffa poses for a photo with his mother, Cynthia, at her home in Rockford, Ill. Graceffa recently finished the Redeploy Illinois program, which gives juveniles an option based in the community, instead of prison. Several Redeploy programs around the state are being cut because of the state budget impasse. Phillip says the program helped turn his life around after several bad decisions. He’s now working at a local fast food restaurant, completing his high school equivalency and dreams of being a firefighter someday. Sophia Tareen AP
In this May 4, 2016, photo, Philip Graceffa poses for a photo with his mother, Cynthia, at her home in Rockford, Ill. Graceffa recently finished the Redeploy Illinois program, which gives juveniles an option based in the community, instead of prison. Several Redeploy programs around the state are being cut because of the state budget impasse. Phillip says the program helped turn his life around after several bad decisions. He’s now working at a local fast food restaurant, completing his high school equivalency and dreams of being a firefighter someday. Sophia Tareen AP

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