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Model Programs Guide


This Model Programs Guide (MPG) I-Guide is focused on diversion. Diversion is a term used to describe intervention approaches that redirect youths away from formal processing in the juvenile justice system, while still holding them accountable for their actions. The goal of diversion is to remove youths as early in the juvenile justice process as possible to avoid later negative outcomes associated with formal processing, such as increased odds of recidivism, stigmatization/labeling, and increased criminal justice costs (for more information on the potential harm of further processing into the juvenile system, see the Formal System Processing of Juveniles practice profile on CrimeSolutions.gov).

There are many strategies for diversion, from simple warn-and-release programs to programs requiring intensive treatment services and check-ins with the court system. Because programs are usually designed to fit the needs of a community, there is a wide variation in diversion programming and subsequent research. This I-Guide provides a general overview of the implementation process for diversion programs, references a variety of diversion research, and provides useful suggestions on how to deal with challenges in implementation.

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North America - United States

Year Language

2017 English

Category Type

Grey Literature Guide


Justice, Juvenile, Programs, Systems

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