Juvenile Diversion

What is Diversion?

Diversion is a program for juveniles with no prior offenses who commit less serious offenses and are therefore given a “second chance”. Juvenile who are accepted and successfully complete the program will have their charges dismissed without a finding of guilt. The statute authorizing diversion, formally referred to as immediate intervention, for juvenile offenders is located at K.S.A. 38-2346 (Kansas Statutes Annotated).

Who runs the Diversion program?

Diversion is a co-operative agreement between the Johnson County District Attorney's Office and Johnson County Court Services. The District Attorney's Office decides which juveniles are accepted into the program, and Court Services receives the applications and monitors compliance with the contract.

How long does Diversion last?

It depends on several factors, most importantly the severity of the charges and the social needs of the child. Most Diversion contracts last from 4 to 6 months. More serious charges or social needs may require a contract lasting 9 or 12 months or longer.

What are typical Diversion contract conditions?

Most contracts are very basic, and list only 8-10 conditions. All contracts require the juvenile not violate the law, attend school, obey parents, comply with non-association clause, make amends with the victim, attend an education group and perform community service hours. Depending on the charge and the juvenile's social needs, other conditions may be required or recommended.

What are the costs for Diversion?

The fees for the program range from $160.00 to $310.00, which include the court filing fee. Generally, cases with more serious allegations will be charged a higher rate. This fee must be paid at the beginning of the program.