Court Diversion is an alternative to court involvement for juvenile offenders. Diversion recognizes that the youth made a mistake and allows them the opportunity to take responsibility and learn from their mistakes. The program follows the Restorative Justice Principal which encompasses: a balanced commitment to have concern for the victim, repair the harm imposed on the community, hold the offender accountable through community service, and build citizen skills and competencies in the juvenile offender.
Participation in the program entails an intake meeting with a case manager and weekly check-ins. Also, upon entry into the program the youth and his/her parents meet with a panel of volunteers and the victim to create the Good Citizen Contract. The Contract outlines the items the juvenile must complete in order to successfully complete the program. If s/he is successful the offender’s record is expunged.
Level 1 is for first-time offenders and those juveniles who commit lower level crimes (i.e. shoplifting, simple assault). This program is typically 3 to 6 months in duration.
Level 2 is for those juveniles who have already been through Diversion or those who commit more serious or multiple crimes. This program is typically 9 to12 months in duration.