Court Diversion services provide a variety of interventions for juveniles, detained by law enforcement, including diversion from the Circuit Court for first-time offenders and probation services for youth involved with the Circuit Court.
The focus is placed on first time offenders as studies have concluded that recidivism rates are reduced with this type of intervention. The purpose of Diversion and Circuit Court Programs is to provide a systematic process for youth to repair harm from crimes and other offenses to learn to accept responsibility and alleviate guilt and shame.
Diversion Program in 2016
Served 32 youth in the Juvenile Diversion Program
81% of the Diversion Program cases successfully completed the program
The Court Diversion Services incorporate the Balanced and Restorative Justice Model which focuses on the needs of the victims and the offenders, as well as the involved community, instead of satisfying abstract legal principles or punishing the offender. Victims take an active role in the process, while offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions- for more information on the Balanced and Restorative Justice Model click here.