City of Santa Clarita Community Court Diversion Program
In 2006, the Santa Clarita Community Court Diversion Program was implemented as an alternative to the juvenile justice system for first-time, non-violent, juvenile offenders. The Program handles the following cases:
- Traffic cases, include speeding and moving violations.
- Low-grade misdemeanor juvenile criminal cases including curfew, vandalism, possession of alcohol, tobacco/tobacco paraphernalia, and minor drugs offenses, trespassing, and petty theft under $50.
- Severe misdemeanor juvenile criminal cases and some minor felony criminal juvenile cases including petty theft over $50, burglary, brandishing a weapon, possession of fireworks, possession of marijuana on school grounds, public intoxication, grand theft, possession of deadly weapon and battery on school grounds, under the influence of controlled substance, and vandalism.
The Community Court Diversion Programs holds the juvenile offender accountable for their actions and includes an educational component which helps them understand the impact of their choices. Youth are provided a “second chance” to head in a new direction with no juvenile conviction on their record if they successfully complete the program. The community benefits by a reduction in recidivism, enhancement of public safety, and development of good citizens. The community is also enhanced by the beautification projects the youth complete as part of their community service.