The Clay County Attorney's Office offers a Pretrial Juvenile Diversion Program as an alternative to court. The program is designed to further the following goals:
- Provide eligible offenders with an alternative to adjudication that emphasizes restorative justice.
- Reduce the costs and caseload burdens on juvenile courts and the juvenile justice system.
- Minimize recidivism among diverted offenders.
- Develop responsible alternatives to the juvenile justice system for eligible offenders.
First time juvenile offenders are eligible.
Diversion Program Benefits
- The cost of the class is less than the court fine.
- The juvenile's citation will be dismissed after attending the classes, so there will not be a court record that the juvenile committed the offense.
- The workshops provide positive tools to examine your present situation, take control of your actions and improve your life.
- Chemical Diversion: This program is for juveniles cited for minor consumption, possession of marijuana or possession of drug paraphernalia. This class meets 2 nights from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This is our only class where a parent is required to attend with their child. The fee for the class is $75 and it is conducted by representatives from The ASPEN Program.
- Juvenile Offender Diversion: This program is for juveniles cited for a wide variety of petty misdemeanors involving tobacco offenses, petty theft, disorderly conduct, curfew violations, loud party ordinance violations, criminal damage to property, or any other petty misdemeanor violations. This is a 2-hour class. The fee for this class is $25 and it is conducted by The ASPEN Program.
The Juvenile Diversion Program Coordinator for our office is Susan Kadrie.