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Juvenile Diversion Programs

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

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

  • Establishing another category of diversion that is pre-arrest, and therefore allowing funding at the school and law enforcement levels;
  • 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 only 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;
  • Creating a clearer process and role for the division in the allocation process; and
  • Creating a mandatory set-aside of 20% for a competitive grant process managed by the division for community-based diversion programs that include restorative justice practices.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)




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