The Change Program targets first time juvenile offenders who have committed non-violent crimes. The program has been designed to divert these juveniles away from the court system and provides them a learning experience that encourages better choices and challenges their character development. It allows them the opportunity to take responsibility for their actions and clear their records. Early intervention benefits the community, family, and at risk individuals.
How does the participant enter the CHANGE Program?
The juvenile receives a ticket at the time of the offense. The juvenile and parent are required to attend court for an initial appearance before the Family Court Solicitor. The appearance date is specified on the ticket. At the Initial Appearance the Family Court Solicitor will refer the juvenile to the Change Program. The parent and juvenile will attend an orientation with the change program director. The program is explained and the juvenile is given the date, time and location to meet for jail tour and change classes.
What are the requirements of CHANGE?
- Payment of $30 program fee by money order made payable to “Change Program”
- Attend a jail tour and Change classes following tour
- One page apology letter to victim(s)