The Essential Role of Juvenile Diversion

Past Event
September 23, 2019, 8:00 am

Hosted by The Council of State Governments Justice Center with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention 

In 2016, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention began awarding grants to states seeking to revamp their juvenile diversion policies and practices, with the goal of reducing formal system contact, improving youth outcomes, and reducing racial and ethnic disparities. In this webinar, presenters share lessons learned from this and other juvenile diversion improvement initiatives, including

  • How to identify and expand the population of youth who can benefit most from diversion services while protecting public safety;
  • What research shows are the key elements of effective juvenile diversion, including clear eligibility criteria, the use of validated risk and needs screening tools to guide diversion decisions, cross-systems collaboration, family engagement, and restorative justice;
  • How to overcome challenges that states and counties often experience in adopting these best practices; and
  • Examples of innovative diversion programs and approaches, including Choose 180 in Washington State and the Juvenile Civil Citation Program in Delaware.


  • Josh Weber, The Council of State Governments Justice Center
  • Michael Umpierre, Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
  • Gina Vincent, National Youth Screening and Assessment Project
  • Donna Pugh, Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families
  • Sean Goode, Choose 180

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