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Juvenile Diversion Programs

Concerning juvenile diversion programs.
2021 Regular Session
Children & Domestic Matters
Courts & Judicial
Bill Summary

The act makes several changes and clarifications to current juvenile diversion programs (diversion), including:

  • Clarifying the division of criminal justice in the department of public safety's (division) authority over all programs funded with diversion money;
  • Clarifying that diversion funding may be allocated to entities other than district attorneys' offices;
  • Requiring eligibility criteria for diversion be made public;
  • Establishing that a juvenile is eligible to divert if the juvenile meets the eligibility criteria;
  • Clarifying that an approved validated assessment tool may be used for decisions on the length of supervision and necessary services;
  • Clarifying that a risk screening tool is to be used to inform the level and intensity of supervision;
  • Establishing a clear process for data collection so the division can properly evaluate its diversion programs; and
  • Creating a clearer process and role for the division in the allocation process.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details