Juvenile Diversion Program

The Juvenile Diversion Program is a youth-based service of the Clay County Attorney's Office. The Juvenile Diversion Program offers an approach to crime that focuses on taking time to understand the victimization that occurred, holding the referred youth accountable for their actions through a "Circle" process, and developing an agreement for the youth to make things rights with the victim(s) and the community.

How Does It Work? 
Youth are referred to the Juvenile Diversion Program either as a diversion from the traditional court process, or as the disposition of a juvenile case.  Referral agencies include:

  • Clay County Attorney’s Office
  • Clay County law enforcement agencies
  • Clay County School Districts
  • Minnesota Department of Corrections - Juvenile Probation 

A youth who is referred will be assigned to one of four program models.  Upon successful completion of the program, the youth’s case may be declined for charges (diversion) or they meet their requirements of probation (disposition). 

The Juvenile Diversion Program receives financial support from the Clay County Collaborative and the Clay County Board of Commissioners.

For More Information

To learn more about the referral process or becoming a volunteer, please contact the Clay County Juvenile Diversion Program at 218-299-5035.