Judge Jimmie Edwards has done something no other juvenile court judge in the country has done.  He has opened a school.  Instead of sentencing troubled juveniles to time in jail, he sentences them to an education.  Judge Edwards' amazing efforts were recently recognized on The Today Show.  In the five minute segment, Judge Edwards explains that he opened the school after realizing that what the troubled kids he saw in his courtroom really needed was a chance. 

Opened in 2009, Innovative Concept Academy has helped 18 students earn their high school diploma or GED.  Two of those students have gone on to college.  As of this year, 375 students between the ages of 10 and 18 are enrolled in the academy. 

The Today Show was on hand when Wal-Mart surprised Judge Edwards and the students of Innovative Concept Academy with a truck load of supplies.  Included in that truck was enough food to feed the students for a year as well as a brand new winter coat for each student at the academy.

Here is a link to the video of the Today Show's segment  from the December 21, 2011 broadcast.
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