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REST pictureParole and Probation Agent Helps Kids “RESET” Their Lives

June 1-7, 2011 - Working on Maryland’s upper Eastern Shore, Parole and Probation agent Allison Broughton knows just because you’re not in an urban area, it doesn’t mean young people don’t have big problems with things like truancy, drugs, and alcohol. That’s why Agent Broughton enjoys participating in the RESET program organized by Terry Ober and the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.

On Friday nights, Agent Broughton meets with court-involved young people, laying down the law and telling them in no uncertain terms what their lives will be like if they are indeed sentenced to adult probation. The sincere but tough talk comes amid a night filled with heartbreaking stories from others who have ruined their own or other peoples’ lives thanks to bad choices. There’s a young man who killed a teenager and lost his own arm in a DWI crash; a young woman whose suffered near-fatal injuries when struck by a drunk driver; and a man whose nursing career was derailed by alcoholism.

RESET recently caught the attention of the A&E TV Network, which came to Centreville for an entire week to film all aspects of the program, including the parts where kids go to the hospital, hear from the town undertaker, and are put “on the stand” by Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney Lance Richardson himself.

Agent Broughton joined the Division of Parole and Probation six years ago, because while trying to decide upon a criminal justice career, she was amazed by the dedication, work ethic, and institutional knowledge of (now Acting Director) Pat Vale and other DPP veterans.

DPSCS salutes Agent Allison Broughton for her important role in trying to “reset” the lives of young people in Queen Anne’s County. And hats off to all the hardworking DPP agents and employees.