The Diversion program provides case management and supervision services for offenders who are referred from the Kent County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. These services include but not limited to the following; the collection of diversion fees, and restitution, drug testing, referrals to treatment agencies, and comprehensive monitoring of offender for a minimum of six months.
The Following Criteria is Used for Qualifying Offenders for Diversion:
- The offender is charged with a Non - Violent offense.
- The offender has no prior felony convictions, including juvenile adjudications.
- The offender has no more than two misdemeanor convictions.
- The offender agrees voluntarily to participate in the program, and must admit to the offense.
- The total amount of damage for which restitution would be
sought does not exceed *$2,000. This amount is to be
determined by "market value" rather than
"replacement value" and should include all
verifiable restitution arising from the offenders criminal
* If restitution over $2000 this must be approved by the Chief Prosecutor.
- Successful completion of the diversion program will result into the original charge being dismissed.
The Intent of this program is to increase the efficiency of our Criminal Justice System by:
- Decreasing the number of cases entering the court dockets,thus reducing court backlogs.
- Decreasing the number of cases presented to probation for pre-sentence investigations, thus allowing them to complete other case investigations in a more timely fashion.
- Reducing the number of requests for court appointed attorneys, thus saving the county the cost for these services.
- Increasing potential for collection of restitution to victims by offering offenders the opportunity to avoid a criminal record.
- Reducing jail overcrowding by virtue of moving incarcerated pretrial detainees through the system faster due to fewer cases on the docket.
- Reducing the chance for the offender committing future offenses by early intervention and addressing specific need areas.