As a former educator and liaison to Summit County Juvenile Court I took great interest in the Juvenile Diversion program offered by the City of Green under the direction of the Summit County Sheriff's Department and Drew Alexander, Sheriff, Summit County Ohio.
The Juvenile Diversion program is an effective too for "first-time offenders." It takes into consideration that youngsters can make an error in judgment and find themselves in a bit of "hot water" as a result. It is not necessarily intended for dealing with youngsters seriously involved in gang activity or "hard core" offenders; the juvenile court system will deal with these elements.
The program is well-founded philosophically and strives to make youngsters responsible for their actions without having them have a record in the court system. It's a great program for helping young people understand their civic responsibility while making them responsible for their actions at the same time.
The program offers assistance for families who are having difficulty and encourages them to become involved with the program before a situation escalates to a more difficult problem. The city of Green and the Summit County Sheriff's Department is on the "right track" for dealing with issues related to juvenile crime and making great advances in minimizing juvenile offenses in our community.
I congratulate the city of Green and the Summit County Sheriff's Department for their efforts. I have seen this program work effectively in other communities and know it has a positive impact.