Many communities are frustrated with how to respond to youth “acting out”—running away from home, skipping school, violating curfew, or disobeying adults—as well as how to respond to young people getting arrested for more serious actions like fighting and other events stemming from family conflict. This project describes new and exciting models for juvenile diversion across the country, highlighting concrete examples, their potential benefits, and lessons stakeholders involved in development and implementation have learned. The goal is to inspire additional communities to explore, understand, and develop these approaches and keep young people who engage in minor misbehavior out of the juvenile justice system.

Project Objectives

  • Highlight new and exciting models for juvenile diversion happening across the country to inspire additional communities to explore and develop these approaches.

  • Encourage collaboration between police, families, and community partners in juvenile diversion efforts.