Crime Causation and Diversion Paper
Juvenile diversion programs have been created to divert youth from their early encounters with the juvenile court system (Russell & Wood, 1998). Juvenile diversion programs are available to those who are charged with a minor crime, misdemeanor, or a petty offense. Diversion means the case is diverted away from the criminal or juvenile justice system because of the way the charge is handled. Instead of going before a judge, you have a chance to avoid trial and a record if you complete the terms of a diversion program. When it comes to diversion programs for juveniles they can arrange anywhere from bеhаviοrаl thеrаpiеѕ, group hοmеѕ, and rеѕidеntiаl trеаtmеnt fасilitiеѕ. Teen courts, also known as youth or peer courts, are considered one of the fastest growing juvenile prevention and intervention programs in the country. The State of Georgia is highly affected by troubled teens that have problems related to abuse, drugs, and mental, physical, and emotional problems.
There are many diversion programs in Georgia to help troubled teens. Some of the programs consist of Community Service, Mediation, Youth Diversion, and Counseling Centers. Community service is a great way to help juveniles get back in the good grace of the community by working to offset their time and the trouble they have caused. A juvenile offender may be ordered by the Court to contribute a certain amount of hours CSW of labor that benefits a non- profit, helping organization. The number of hours a juvenile offender may be required to perform is completely within the discretion of the Court.
Mediation is considered (by the Court) for all first-time status offenses and for first-time misdemeanors where the victim is willing to participate. The Court also uses mediation to settle portions of cases and to settle some restitution issues. Mediation gives the...