Diversion programs are frequently rehabilitative in nature, requiring participants to complete certain tasks within a specified amount of time, such as attending classes or performing community service. The reward for people who participate in diversion programs is usually the dismissal of the criminal charges that had been filed against them.
Not every offender is eligible for a diversion program, which are usually run by the State Attorney's Office (SAO). Such programs often have strict eligibility requirements, but most programs are designed particularly for first-time offenders.
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Florida is comprised of 20 judicial districts, and the Seventeenth Circuit has jurisdiction over Broward County. The SAO for the Seventeenth Circuit has multiple diversion programs for certain kinds of offenders.
Some of the most common diversion programs for which people are eligible for in Broward County include:
The SAO for Broward County has a total of 12 different diversion programs located through the county. Depending on the case, the SAO may make a direct referral or participation may require collaboration with development of criteria, process, procedure, and continued oversight.
The Broward County SAO states that all youth who are referred to its office for filing review of a misdemeanor or non-violent third degree felony for the first time will be referred to a diversion program. Successful completion of a diversion program results in the criminal case being declined.
Three common juvenile diversion programs in Broward County include:
Diversion Programs | State Attorney — Visit this section of the State Attorney's Office website to learn more about the diversion programs in Broward County. You can also find additional information about the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Diversion program minimum eligibility requirements. The Office of the State Attorney has three satellite locations in addition to its main office at the following location:
Office of the State Attorney
201 Southeast 6th Street, Suite 655
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Broward Prevention | PROMISE — The PROMISE (Preventing Recidivism through Opportunities, Mentoring, Interventions, Support & Education) program is "an initiative designed to address the unique needs of students who have committed a behavioral infraction that would normally lead to a juvenile delinquency arrest and, therefore, entry into the juvenile justice system." On this website, you can read about recent news and also access various PROMISE program documents. View a program manual, a Victim Rights Brochure, and the Eliminating the School-to-Prison Pipeline e-book.
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Diversity, Prevention & Intervention (DPI) Department
Lauderdale Manors Early Learning & Resource Center
1400 NW 14th Ct.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
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