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Pre-trial Diversion Programs

When a child is taken into custody for the first or second time and the charge is relatively minor and non-violent, the State may offer to ďdivertĒ the child from formal court proceedings. The juvenile diversion programs are called Delinquency Prevention Services (DPS) and the Post Arrest Diversion Program operated by the Miami-Dade Juvenile Services Department. Those programs are similar to the Pre-Trial Diversion Program for adult offenders. Participation is voluntary. Diversion involves a contract in which the State agrees not to prosecute the child if the child agrees to meet certain conditions. If the child fails to complete the diversion program requirements, the child can be brought back to court for further prosecution.
 

 

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