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Juvenile Diversion Data & Narrative

The purpose of Juvenile Diversion Services is to divert youth that have committed law violations from involvement in the formal criminal justice process. The foremost goal of Juvenile Diversion Services is to prevent youth from any further participation in criminal behavior and activity. The purpose of this program is not to have a youth avoid consequences for his or her behavior, but to provide the youth with consequences based upon restorative principle and to assist the youth in comprehending and accepting the consequences of the criminal behavior.

The services a youth receives shall be as flexible and individualized as possible, and shall seek to educate the youth on the unique harm his or her actions have caused a particular victim, the family, the community as a whole, as well as the harm the action may have caused the youth.

Juvenile Diversion Services will provide a central point where youth with law violations will be directed for assessment and will be referred to various existing diversion activities within the community. If a diversion activity does not exist, Juvenile Diversion Services will strive to create the service and complete the continuum.

LANCASTER COUNTY STATISTICS
Youth Admitted to the Juvenile Detention Center1 1998-2002 (Calendar Year)
  1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Number of youth referred to Juvenile Diversion by the City and County Attorney 1618 1317 1291 1051 1182
Number and percent of females referred to Juvenile Diversion 589
36%
473
36%
469
36%
371
36%
410
35%
Number and percent of males referred to Juvenile Diversion 1029
64%
844
64%
822
64%
680
64%
772
65%
Average age of youth referred to Juvenile Diversion 15.5 15.5 15.5 15.4 15.5
Number of tickets (and percent of referrals) returned because the youth did not complete an intake with Juvenile Diversion Not available Not available 241
19%
144
14%
177
15%
Number of Caucasian youth (and percent of returns) because the youth did not complete an intake with Juvenile Diversion Not available Not available Not available 96
67%
116
66%
Number of minority youth (and percent of returns) because the youth did not complete an intake with Juvenile Diversion Not available Not available Not available 48
33%
61
34%
Number of youth enrolled in Juvenile Diversion 1197 1027 1048 908 1004
Percent of cases referred where the youth enrolls in diversion 74% 78% 81% 86% 85%
Number of youth (and percent of youth enrolled) who completed the intake but did not sign Diversion Agreement Not available Not available 59
6%
42
5%
51
5%
Average number of days youth remain on a Juvenile Diversion Program* Not available 105 days 150 days 132 days 154 days
Youth who were not successful in Juvenile Diversion Not available Not available 222 169 240
Number (and Percent) of Caucasian youth who were not successful in Juvenile Diversion Not available Not available 114
51%
129
76%
167
70%
Number (and Percent) of minority youth who were not successful in Juvenile Diversion Not available Not available 108
49%
40
24%
73
30%

1Data provided by the Lancaster County Juvenile Diversion Program operated by CEDARS Youth Services.
*Fiscal year (July 1 -June 30)

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