An alternative to incarceration

There has been an emphasis by this Office, the courts, and the General Assembly on steering first-time and low-level offenders from the criminal justice system when possible through diversion.

In 2019, we referred 696 cases to diversion – a 50% increase over 2018. In 2020, 998 cases were referred to diversion.

Last year marked the first year of implementation for the Superior Court’s diversion program. This key criminal justice reform initiative, developed in conjunction with the Attorney General’s Office, provides an alternative to traditional conviction and incarceration.

For more information about the Diversion Program, including referral forms and eligibility requirements, visit the Superior Court's Diversion Program page here.