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Jeremy Polk is a veterinarian.  Simple phrase, but one that would have astounded many people ten years ago. 

That's when Polk, from a turbulent upbringing and the foster care system, took part in a veterinary medicine training program offered through the Lane County Department of Youth Services.  He stuck with it, finally getting his certification as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. 

It all started ten years ago at the Eugene Animal Hospital, but the program that encouraged his interest no longer exists. 

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"Lock 'em up and throw away the key" was once the attitude toward minors convicted of crimes in the United States. 

We still hear of cases of children being tried and convicted in adult court and sentenced to adult prison, but states continue to pass laws taking a different approach toward youthful offenders.