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THUMBS UP! To the “Crossroads for Change: Build, Prevent, Restore” forum, which was attended by a number of social service providers, educators and county officials with the aim of discussing issues involving the juvenile justice system. Convened by the Macon County Juvenile Justice Council and the Illinois-based Juvenile Justice Initiative, the consensus, as expressed by James Bell, founder and executive director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute in San Francisco, was that the country’s educational and juvenile justice systems know surprisingly little about how the other operates, contributing to the number of children in the school-to-prison pipeline. While there were many ideas discussed at the forum, the main goal is to figure out how to keep kids out of trouble and in school. In that regard, the conversation must continue.