Program fights crime – by healing criminals – Smoky Mountain Times

“My crimes had victims.”

Robbie Cunningham puts it bluntly. The 29-year-old from Bryson City was rescued from his life of crime long ago. And part of the credit goes to a program that, according to its supporters, saves taxpayers millions of dollars a year.

Cunnningham is a graduate of the Jackson Swain County Criminal Justice Partnership Program. The program operates from a grant from the Division of Community Corrections, part of the state Department of Corrections.

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