Diversion Program Law and Legal Definition

Diversion program (“program”) is a program designed to enable criminal offenders to community programs. The purpose of a diversion program is to effect rehabilitation without the stigma of guilt. [DAHER v. CITY OF CLEVELAND, 1985 Ohio App. LEXIS 7511 (Ohio Ct. App., Cuyahoga County Mar. 28, 1985)].

This program facilitates the offender to avoid prosecution by completing various requirements for the program. These requirements may include:

1.Education aimed at preventing future offenses by the offender;

2.Restitution to victims of the offense;

3.Completion of community service hours;

4.Avoiding situations for a specified period of time in the future that may lead to committing another such offense.