City of Green, Ohio: Juvenile Diversion Program

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picpicAs 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.

picThe 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.

Tpiche 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.

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Coming from a family of teachers, I think this is a great program and I wish we would do something like that here. I think most of the time they take first time offenders and lump them with long time offenders and they just learn to do bigger crimes instead of learning to be a productive member of society.

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home - www.IFoundYourNewHome.com

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Todd:  The Juvenile Diversion program has worked well in Ohio.  It does attempt to keep young offenders out of the "system" and away from more hardcore offenders.  You're absolutely right when you say that they just learn how to do bigger crimes if they are put in with the more hardcore offenders.  They also begin to network with others once they are in the system.

Your local court officials can contact the Summit County Sheriff's Department to find out more about the program as well as national contacts that can help them develop a similar program.  I'm sure law enforcement officials have some great data related to this program.

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