WFPL: "Addressing Violence In Louisville, One Community Member At A Time"

Excerpt from Jacob Ryan of WFPL: "Tyshawn Pettway says he thinks 'deep' because there’s no reason not to.

'This is my life, you only get one, think deep or don’t think at all,' he said.

Lately, the 21-year-old has been thinking about the past and what he wants from the future. He hasn’t always been a model citizen—his past transgressions have left him with broken relationships, regrets and a criminal record.

'I took things to the extreme,' Pettway said.

These days, though, he’s focused on success, independence, prosperity and pursuing his passions. His change in demeanor is the product of reflection and reconciliation, of patience and opportunity.

Pettway is one of 250 young people taking part in the city-led REimage program. The two-year-old initiative pairs people between 18 and 24 years old that have committed misdemeanor crimes with caseworkers to help them stay out of trouble and chase their dreams.

Programs like REimage are being touted by city officials as an important piece to the puzzle when it comes to addressing violent crime."

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