Court Diversion

"When my windshield was broken, the perpetrator was referred to Youth Services for diversion. The staff contacted me to ask what they could do to help me. They listen to me and I provided receipts for the damage. The person who broke my windshield had to make payments but I was paid in full. If something like this happens in the future I would consider participating more fully in the process and maybe even attend the panel."

—Victim

This program is a voluntary, confidential alternative to court proceedings for certain juveniles and adult responsible parties and holds the responsible parties accountable for their unlawful behavior in a way that teaches responsible action and deters future involvement in delinquent or criminal activity. Cases are referred on an individual basis by the State’s Attorney’s Office.

The underlying intent of Restorative Justice is to repair harm that is caused by the crime and to address underlying conditions that led to the offense. Youth Services relies on community volunteers to represent community values to hold the person who offended accountable for his/her conduct.

Youth Services also strives to include any harmed party to the maximum extent possible to determine who was harmed, the extent of the harm, and how to repair that harm. Upon successful completion of the Diversion Program and a clean record thereafter, criminal charges are sealed as if they never occurred. Of the persons who complete Youth Services’ Restorative Justice process, 90% do not commit another criminal offense.