Expand diversion programs.
A felony conviction, even without a jail sentence, can be devastating. It can have a life-long impact on employment, housing, immigration, student loans, driver’s licenses . . .the list is endless. These impediments do not make us safer—instead, they create circumstances that only make it more likely a person will re-offend. Existing diversion programs often cost money in order to participate and complete and have onerous requirements that render success nearly impossible.
Our office will expand eligibility for diversion programs, and we will take away impediments to participation so more people can be successful in the programs. A person will never be denied access to diversion due to an inability to pay.