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Public Safety Legislation
The Juvenile Diversion Program
The District Attorney has discretion as to whether or not certain cases
will be prosecuted. In some circumstances, this discretion is utilized
to take eligible juveniles (those under 17) out of the court system
and placed into a diversion program of community service
administered by the District Attorney´s Office.
In exchange for not being prosecuted, and more involved in the Massachusetts legal system, the juvenile and his/her parents or guardian must agree to perform community service and make full restitution to the parties injured as a result of the offenses committed by the youth.
The Juvenile Diversion Program at the District Attorney´s Office has been very successful in putting the lives of young men and women back on track, and allowing them alternatives to criminal records, probation and the possibility of incarceration.
The staff of the program works diligently with the court system to ensure the offender provides adequate service to the community, while at the same time, taking responsibility for the alleged crime he/she has committed.
To be eligible for the Juvenile Diversion Program, the juvenile must meet certain criteria of:
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE JUVENILE DIVERSION PROGRAM CONTACT THE PLYMOUTH COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY´S OFFICE AT 508-584-8120
Plymouth County District Attorney´s Office
166 Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301