May 29 2019

Richmond Pulse – DA’s Office Launches First Diversion Program for Youth

…Once the program starts, the DA’s office can send youth (up to 17 1/2 years of age) who are arrested for misdemeanors or felonies like robbery, burglary or assault to staff with the RYSE, instead of a county judge. If a case is referred to RYSE, the alleged offender is offered a chance to sit down face-to-face with the person they harmed and other community members. The group will agree on a plan “to make things right,” according to a press release from the district attorney’s office….

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