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Michael Milken, the former Drexel Burnham Lambert financier convicted of violating federal securities laws in 1990, will work with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program in Los Angeles as part of his sentence.

Mr. Milken was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but the sentence was later reduced because of his cooperation with the government. He must now perform 1,800 hours of community service a year for three years.

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood this month approved Mr. Milken's involvement with the DARE program, under which law-enforcement officers teach schoolchildren about the dangers of drug use.

Mr. Milken will help the organization develop an after-school education and recreation program called DARE-PLUS, for "Play and Learn Under Supervision,'' that will be housed in an unidentified middle school in a high-crime neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Mr. Milken said he will also continue working with the entertainer Michael Jackson to develop an educational cable-television channel.

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