MISSION:

  • Accountability
  • Competency Development
  • Community Protection

Juvenile Diversion Program

The primary purpose of the Valley County Diversion Program is to offer a community based juvenile diversion program in accordance with Idaho Code 20-511.

This "Restorative Justice" process will create a healthier, safer, involved and empowered community while assisting offenders to develop as responsible citizens.

Through the formation of partnerships with individuals, volunteers, agencies and other resources in our community, a "Hearing Panel" will provide timely and relevant solutions and consequences, including restitution, in a manner which is respectful and empathetic to offenders, their family, the victim and our community.

The panel hearing is a formal meeting involving the victim and offender with their families/supporters, as well as volunteer members of the community. The goal of the restorative justice process is to repair the harm and damage created by the offender and provide reconciliation for all participant. The First-Stop Diversion Program is available to those offenders recommended to the program by the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Who is Eligible?

The Diversion program is for youth under 18 years of age, who are charged with a first time, low-level, non-violent misdemeanor offence, including but not limited to: petit theft, willful concealment, low level vandalism, trespassing/unlawful entry, MIP tobacco/alcohol.

Program Fees

A non-refundable fee of $100 applies to the diversion program. The fee covers administrative costs, worker's compensation, and urinalysis fee. Additional costs may occur (i.e. counseling, anti-theft classes, etc.) and are the responsibility of the juvenile and his/her parent/guardian.

Benefits

Victim Benefits:

  • A safe place to explain to the offender how the incident has affected him/her.
  • An opportunity to address the offender and participate in the development of sanctions.
  • An opportunity to participate in the resolution of the offence.
  • An increased possibility of receiving restitution.
  • An opportunity to experience a sense of closure regarding the offence.
  • An opportunity to understand the offender's behavior.

Offender Benefits:

  • An opportunity to become aware of the harm suffered by the victim.
  • An opportunity to participate in the resolution of the offence.
  • An opportunity to acknowledge responsibility for the harm caused and take action to resolve and repair it.
  • An opportunity to avoid a record.

Community Benefits:

  • A speedy way of resolving conflicts.
  • A cost effective alternative process.
  • Reduced Recidivism (Research Based).
  • An opportunity for citizens to participate in community peacemaking and the justice process.
  • If we look at each other, we create a healthier and safer community.

 

Adult Diversion Program

The primary purpose of the Valley County Diversion Program is to offer  first-time adult offenders of low-level misdemeanor offences the opportunity to keep their record clean while addressing the issues which brought them into the system with timely and relevant solutions, restitution, appropriate punishment, and personal responsibility.

Which Offences MIGHT Qualify for Diversion:

  • MIP | MIC Alcohol
  • Possession of Marijuana | Paraphernalia
  • Driving Without Privileges
  • Willful Concealment
  • Inattentive Driving
  • Littering
  • Other General Misdemeanor offences on a case-by-case basis

Which Offences DO NOT Qualify for Diversion:

  • DUI
  • Battery | Assault
  • Felonies
  • Offences of a Violent Nature
  • Offenses Involving Injury to Another

Who Qualifies for Diversion?

  • Anyone who has never been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, and
  • Anyone who admits to being guilty of the offence in which he/she is charged, and
  • Anyone desiring to keep a conviction off his/her record, and
  • Anyone who agrees to complete the terms outlined in the Diversion Agreement.

NOTE: Although a "guilty" plea is required to participate in the Diversion Program, this program IS NOT intended to influence your plea. If you feel you are innocent or belive you have a legitimate defense to the current charge, we encourage you to enter a "not guilty" plea and proceed through the standard court process.

 

 

CONTACT US:

Director of Court Services

Skip Clapp Phone: 208-634-5652 x 227 Fax: 208-634-4040 courtsrvs@co.valley.id.us

Community Service & Program Coordinator

Cindy Goodwin Phone: 208-634-5652 x 221 Fax: 208-634-4040 cgoodwin@co.valley.id.us

Diversion Coordinator, Unsupervised Probation Monitor

Steve Ryan Phone: 208-634-5652 x 228 Fax: 208-634-4040 steveryan@co.valley.id.us

Adult Misdemeanor Probation Officers

Jacques LaFay Phone: 208-634-5652 x 232 Fax: 208-634-4040 Molly Wilson Phone: 208-634-5652 x 231 Fax: 208-634-4040

Juvenile Probation Officer

DeeDee Phillips Phone: 208-634-5652 x 230 Fax: 208-634-4040

Detention Supervisor

Marybeth Lanet Phone: 208-634-5652 x 222 Fax: 208-634-4040

Location:

550 Deinhard Ln McCall, Idaho 83638 Office Hours: Mon.- Fri. 8:00 am - 5:00 p.m.