Individuals who wish to participate in the Juvenile Diversion Program must:
- Be between 12 and 18 years of age. (Juveniles 11 and younger will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.)
- Accept responsibility for their offense and acknowledge the extent of their involvement.
- Be willing to comply with all of the program requirements.
- Reside in one of the following counties: Blaine, Custer, Greeley, Gosper, Dawson, Valley County.
Prior criminal and juvenile court records will be considered in the eligibility determination. Special circumstances may apply and each is a case-by-case situation.
Diversion Process & Benefits
Upon the offer by the referral to participate in Diversion, the juvenile will complete an intake assessment. He or she will be required to meet with the Diversion Specialist to discuss the referral, the diversion process, and the offender’s willingness to participate. The youth’s history, family life, academic performance, and other relevant factors will be examined. The Diversion Specialist may also provide avenues for additional services and/or make referrals to other agencies.
Each participant in the Diversion Program will be required to pay $150 for the services.
Duration of the Program
The Program will be tailored to the individual needs of the juvenile. Consequently, the duration of the program will depend on the offender. Minimum term will be 3 months, and the maximum term of Diversion will not exceed one year.
If the victim agrees, the offender may be considered for mediation.
Other Requirements Include:
- Satisfactorily completing all required community service.
- Attending and participating in all educational classes.
- Writing a letter of apology to the victim(s).
- Avoiding social situations that may involve criminal or delinquent behavior.
- Obeying school and household rules, and working towards a good academic standing.
- Receiving no additional violations and obeying the rules of the Diversion Program.
- Signing a release of information permitting open communication with the school and/or other parties and the Diversion Program.
Successful completion of the Diversion Program has the following benefits:
- Criminal charges regarding the offenses will be dismissed or not filed.
- Improvement in personal responsibility and coping skills.
- Opportunity to develop a sense of community responsibility and accountability.
Healing Hearts & Families
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