Assessment and Diversion Unit
Assessment and Diversion Unit
3636 S. Constitution Blvd.
West Vallery City, UT 84119
Fax (801) 957-7897
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Criteria for Assigning Cases to Assessment and Diversion
- All Class B and Class C misdemeanor charges and charges of lesser severity which do not meet the criteria for intake.
- All cases involving a weapon must be screened with a supervisor or senior probation officer.
Accelerated Misdemeanor Program
The Accelerated Misdemeanor Program has been developed to expedite consequences for juveniles charged with offenses generally considered to be of a "less serious" nature. This includes; Class B and C misdemeanors, infractions and status offenses. The process begins when an officer issues a citation to the juvenile and gives the youth a date, time and location to appear for a preliminary inquiry. This appearance will be within approximately two weeks of the issuance. The police agency will have five working days to turn the document over to the Assessment and Diversion Unit (Accelerated Misdemeanor Program) and the Unit will then have five working days to prepare the case for a preliminary inquiry.
Due to the volume of cases and past success with the group process, grouping these referrals will be the standard practice of the program. If a case is determined to be more appropriate for an individual inquiry, every effort will be made to handle the case in this manner. It is our goal to conduct an inquiry into the case, provide basic information about juvenile delinquency, explore a non-judicial closure of the matter, follow up on non-judicial contract agreements, and petition cases and forward cases to existing court staff when appropriate. In order to meet this goal with such a diverse group of cases, the groups will be very structured, but flexible enough to allow for the individual styles of each presenter.
The following is an outline for these group proceedings:
- The CHECK-IN involves verification of information provided by police and existing juvenile court data.
- The INTRODUCTION serves to acquaint the client and family with the presenter and assistant as well as to outline the meeting.
- The BODY of the presentation consists of educational instruction/discussion relevant to juvenile delinquency and to the specific charges included in the group, as well as an overview of commonly violated laws of the state.
- During the CONCLUSION, there is a general discussion of who is affected by crime and a response by the juvenile to the specific offense is solicited.
The final component to the group process must be maintained and must take precedent over any individual detractions from clients. If a client or family member is uncooperative after a warning, consideration will be made to remove the case from the group and explore the following alternatives:
a) immediately conduct an individual inquiry if staff is available.
b) reschedule for an individual inquiry.
c) petition the case for a hearing.
Only legal guardians and the charged juvenile should attend the meeting. Attendance by other immediate family members will be taken on a case by case basis with consideration given to group size and potential disruptions to the group. Friends, distant relatives, neighbors, enemies, pets, etc. are not to be in attendance. A youth must be accompanied by at least one parent. The only exception will be if a youth has turned eighteen since the offense.
Note to Parents
Many youth are referred to juvenile court once or twice and then never commit another crime. Parents should not assume that their child is on their way to a life of crime after being referred for a criminal offense. Many youth are referred to juvenile court before their 18th birthday and less than 5% are what would be considered repeat or habitual offenders. The statistics point to the fact that the large majority of kids are "good kids" who slip up once or twice and learn their lesson.
The Assessment and Diversion Unit (ADU) receives all charges issued in Salt Lake Valley. ADU then codes the charges and forwards them to the appropriate agency (Intake, Probation, Juvenile Justice Services etc.). If the case meets the requirements (see above), it remains at ADU and is handled through their Accelerated Misdemeanor Program.
Citations received from police agencies 11,752
Dealt with at ADU 8,625
Citations received from police agencies 11,356
Dealt with at ADU 8,273
Citations received from police agencies 11,639
Dealt with at ADU 8,137