Diversion is a method of dealing with juveniles who are charged with a minor criminal offense or infraction.
About the Process
A juvenile in Diversion does not go to court, and there is no trial before a judge. The juvenile and parents meet with the Neighborhood Accountability Board supervised by a Probation Counselor. The juvenile is not placed on probation.
The juvenile signs a Diversion Agreement which is a contract between the juvenile and the Diversion Unit. A Diversion Agreement is not a conviction; the record is not available to the public. Diversion Records can be both sealed and destroyed.
The Diversion Agreement may require the juvenile to complete one or more of the following conditions:
Attend counseling or education classes
Attend school and observe home curfews
Pay restitution and fines
Perform community service
There are currently over 40 volunteers for the Neighborhood Accountability Boards who dedicate a total of nearly 3,000 hours each year to meet with and monitor diversion youth.
For more information, contact Juvenile Court Diversion Services at 509-477-2441.