Diversion is an alternative to going before a Judge that is offered to youth who have committed a first time offense or a relatively minor offense. Benefits to the offender include the opportunity to take responsibility for their offense and to make amends for the harms done, without going through a court process.
Generally, diversion is a one-time opportunity for a youth. To be eligible for diversion, the offender must acknowledge responsibility for the offense, be lower risk to re-offend and agree to fulfill a number of requirements focused on accountability to victims, the community and prevention of repeat offenses.
Diversion agreements include such terms as restitution, payment of fees/fines, community service, appropriate classes or treatment and counseling sessions.