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Adult Diversion Unit

The Adult Diversion Unit was established in 1976 as an alternative to prosecution for first-time nonviolent felony offenders. It enables qualifying offenders to accept responsibility and be held accountable for their actions while avoiding the stigma of a criminal record. The program offers the opportunity for the offender to earn the dismissal of criminal charge(s) by participating in drug treatment and mental health programs, providing community service at nonprofit agencies and paying restitution to the victims of these crimes.

The Adult Diversion Unit collected $106,158 in restitution and arranged 3,415 hours of community service at statewide nonprofit agencies.

In 2013, the Unit handled 492 referrals, accepted 246 cases and completed 235 cases. A significant accomplishment last year included $106,158 in restitution ordered to be distributed to victims. The Adult Diversion Unit arranged 3,415 hours of community service at statewide non-profit agencies for a total value of more than $26,000, and also arranged 197 counseling programs for participants with substance abuse problems, mental health issues and gambling addiction.