Youthful Offender Diversion and Wraparound Services (2015)

Circuit Attorney’s Office of St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)

Population: 318,070 | Number of Full-Time Prosecutors: 60 | Contact Information

The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office has implemented a diversion program, supported by Innovative Prosecution Solutions, for defendants ages 18 to 25 who presented a moderate risk of re-offense. Participants are selected using the Ohio Risk Assessment System and a strict set of eligibility criteria. Once in the program, the young adults plead guilty to the crimes committed, regularly appear before a diversion judge, and are monitored by experienced probation officers.

The program works with each of these young adults to identify their needs and future goals and make appropriate referrals for healthcare, education, training, and employment. Once participants successfully complete their program requirements, their guilty pleas are withdrawn, and charges are dismissed.