The Pre-Trial Diversion Program is a 3-6 month voluntary rehabilitation program for first time 16-21 year old offenders. Participation in this program allows them to avoid the stigma of a criminal conviction. Participants receive counseling and support for achievement at school and employment while returning volunteer service work to the community.
Referrals are made to the program by the courts. An individual contacts the program to set up an interview. The program coordinator will conduct the interview. The client will sign consent for participation form. This form and an adjournment letter will be sent to the Judge and the District Attorney’s Office for approval. The client will then be assigned to a case manager.
The client will meet with the caseworker once a week for a 3-6 month time period. During this time caseworker will counsel and help the client to meet other program requirements including school, employment and community service. Each client will be required to perform community service as part of his or her program. The number of hours is determined by the degree of the crime. Twenty hours for misdemeanor charges and 40 hours for felony charges. Each individual will have different requirements based on their needs.
The staff member will monitor the client’s participation in the program. The caseworker will make a recommendation to the court for final disposition upon completion of the program. The program generally seeks a dismissal of all charges. The Judge reserves final decision in each case.
Hours, Location, Fees
The program operates Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Monday and Wednesdays 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is located at 17 E. Genesee Street, 4th Floor. There are no direct fees to the consumer for the Pre-Trial Diversion Program.
For further information, contact the Pre-Trial Diversion Program Coordinator at (315) 253-9795.