What is Diversion?

Diversion encompasses a broad range of programs which remove individuals from the traditional criminal justice system process and diverts them into community-based treatment designed to reduce their likelihood of reoffending.  Such programs aim to preserve limited system resources so that they can be reinvested in and dedicated to more serious and violent individuals whose cases call for more traditional case processing.

Diversion programs also frequently include restorative justice elements that encourage offender accountability, increase victim restitution, and restore affected communities. Individuals who successfully complete a diversionary program have their cases or charges dismissed and avoid the stigma and collateral consequences of a criminal conviction.