Originally posted on CBS Miami:
CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami/AP) — In college, an arrest for even a mistake like smoking marijuana can derail a student’s college career and give them a criminal background that will haunt them well after college.
Last May, a University of Miami freshman narrowly avoided that fate when a resident advisor caught him doing just that in his Coral Gables dorm room.
Had he been arrested by school police, he might have been booted from school. Or sent back to his home country in the Middle East. And his arrest would have become public and — even if the court case was later dropped — his mug shot could live online indefinitely, jeopardizing future job chances.
But under a pilot program created by University of Miami police and prosecutors, the teen is one of 80 so far who have entered a program mandating community service, fines and cooperation with law enforcement in exchange for no…
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