Victims Meet Their Offenders Face-To-Face

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The graffiti stains and chipped granite are no longer visible. But the fact some teens vandalized her parents' gravestone continue to haunt Beverly Boin.

"To have it destroyed like that was uncalled for," Boin says.

Beverly says her parents chose to be buried together underneath what once stood a shady tree, but unfortunately that tree was targeted when teenagers ransacked the cemetery.

"They chopped it down and it was like you just can't imagine what's in people minds to even want for something like that to happen. They don't know my parents at all," Boin says.

Beverly will join several dozen families next month in confronting the seven teens responsible for causing $100,000 in damage to the Belvidere Cemetery.

It will be a mediated session hosted by the Boone County State's Attorney's Office, to help juveniles become more accountable for their actions.

"Hopefully it can change their lives and be effected by the passion that some of these victims will bring to the program," says State's Attorney James Hursh.

State's Attorney Hursh says juvenile crime has gone up 20-percent over the last three years. And by putting victims like Beverly in front of them, it will help keep kids from becoming criminals.

The first session is December 14th and it will mostly be comprised of Belvidere Cemetery victims. After that, the State's Attorney's Office will host sessions every other month. Those attending will be anyone involved in a non-criminal juvenile crime.