Juvenile Diversion Services
The Sixth Judicial Circuit’s Juvenile Diversion programs provide second chances for at-risk youths who have not previously been in the criminal justice system and who are not accused of violent crimes. Through intervention, prevention and services to juvenile defendants, the programs relieve overburdened juvenile courts by providing non-judicial dispositions of lesser juvenile offenses.
Youths who are new to the criminal justice system – and/or who are charged with non-violent offenses – are dealt with through peer review, sanctions, counseling and community service. They are provided with an opportunity have adjudication withheld or earn a complete dismissal of charges against them. When relevant, acceptance into the programs is contingent upon consent from the victims in the case. For all programs, the parent/legal guardian and the accused must sign an agreement that stipulates conditions for successful completion.
While diverting eligible juvenile offenders from formal court proceedings, the programs allow juvenile courts to concentrate on the most serious juvenile offenders. Participant progress is closely monitored, and follow-through focuses on preventing future offenses.
Select the appropriate link below for your County specific Juvenile Diversion Program.