The mission of Vermont court diversion programs is to engage community members in responding to the needs of crime victims, the community, and those who violated the law, holding the latter accountable in a manner that promotes responsible behavior. Court Diversion is a restorative alternative for individuals charged with a crime. After police issue a citation for violating the law, the state’s attorney decides whether to refer the person out of the court system to the community-based Court Diversion program.
A person referred to Diversion:
Other key aspects of Diversion:
If an individual does not complete the contract, the case is returned to the state’s attorney for prosecution.
Click here to learn more about how our Diversion Programs are an active part in transforming community and social justice across Vermont.
Newport Community & Social Justice Center
71 Seymour Lane
Newport, VT 05855
Mon - Fri | 8am-4pm
St. Johnsbury Youth Center
17 Eastern Ave
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819