Most first-time offenders are offered this program as an alternative to the formal court process. Diversion agreements are established to hold the juveniles accountable for their offenses thus avoiding a court record. Accountability is established through community service work, apology letters, reports, restitution and random drug testing. Additional programs are put in place to address the needs to the youth, parents and victims.
Juvenile Probation is a more structured and restrictive program for the habitual/serious youth offender. Individuals are formally adjudicated in court when placed on probation. Probation provides the youth with an alternative to incarceration, while requiring that they be held accountable for their actions. Various programs are in place to address the needs of the youth, their families and the victims of their crimes.