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Diversion is an alternative to prosecution that is offered to youth who have committed a first time offense, or a relatively minor offense. Benefits to the offender include the opportunity to take responsibility for their offense and to make amends for the harms done, without going through a court process.

Generally diversion is a one-time opportunity for a youth. To be eligible for diversion the offender must acknowledge responsibility for the offense and agree to fulfill a number of requirements focused on accountability to victims; the community and prevention of repeat offenses.

Diversion Contracts include such terms as restitution, payment of fees/fines, restorative community service hours, appropriate skills classes or treatment and counseling sessions. 

Dawn Young