The Juvenile Diversion Program targets juveniles that commit crimes. The program was designed to divert the juvenile from the court system and place them in services. It allows the juvenile the opportunity to take responsibility for their actions and clear their record. The juvenile meets with the case manager no less than once per month to address problems and goals for an average of three to six months. The length of the program depends on the progress of the juvenile.
How do I get in JDP?
The juvenile receives a ticket at the time of the offense. An Initial Appearance date is specified on the ticket for the juvenile and parent to appear. At the Initial Appearance the Family Court Solicitor will refer the juvenile to the Juvenile Diversion Program. The program is explained and the juvenile is given the date, time and location to meet with the case manager for an assessment appointment to begin services.
What is needed to apply?
The juvenile is required to pay a program fee of $100.00. The fee must be in the form of a money order or cashier’s check. The juvenile must also provide a picture ID and a copy of their social security card. The juvenile is assessed by the case manager to determine what goals and requirements must be met in order to successfully complete the program. Goals are set based on individual needs of the juvenile.
What are the requirements of JDP? When applicable:
- Church attendance
- Jail tours
- Referrals to outside agencies: Alcohol/ Drug, Mental Health, Social Services etc.
- Letters of apology
- Written reports
- Community service
- Drug test screenings