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About Juvenile Diversion Programs


Youth who commit delinquent acts may be dealt with in a speedy and informal manners, stressing the importance of good citizenship, personal integrity, and family communication. The primary goal is to divert young people who have committed first-time offenses from progressive involvement in the criminal justice system. As outlined in Florida Statute, misdemeanor violators and eligible third degree felony offenders are referred by Law Enforcement and the State Attorney's Office for hearing and disposition.  In addition to identifying alternative sanctions for the court, Juvenile Diversion Programs (JDP) includes a variety of programs.


Juvenile Arbitration was established first in 1979 as a result of Florida Statutes. In 1990, Teen Court was also established statewide. Grant funding then assisted in the development of SHOCK in 1995. The first Neighborhood Accountability Board was established in the Palm River community in 2001.

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Please Contact the Program 813-272-6766