Court Diversion Program

Building Resiliency and Restoring Justice at Holliston Youth and Family Services

The Court Diversion Program offers an alternative path to prosecution for first time youth offenders. Non-violent crimes, such as vandalism, possession of alcohol/drugs, truancy and other similar offenses are considered valid for program referral. Referrals can come from a police officer or the Court. 

The program structure consists of community service, which is identified and tracked through the Coordinator; weekly check-in meetings with the youth; a group with the court diversions participants, which covers group discussions in regards to substance use/abuse, parent/child conflict, time management, peer pressure and other relevant topics; and parent participant in a community seminar to enhance their knowledge and increase their support around parenting an adolescent.

Youth who are referred participate for 6 months. They are monitored through case management by the Coordinator. Participation is limited to one time through the program.  Dismissal within the 6 months can occur if the youth does not comply or participate with expectations and/or if they become involved with the police for an offense in which they will be charged with a crime.

Goals of the program

  • Acceptance of responsibility and conseqeunces;
  • Educate and reform;
  • prevent future criminal conduct; and
  • Keep youth out of the criminal justice system and prevent creation of criminal record.

Contact: Jaclyn Winer, Court Diversion Coordinator, (508) 429-0620, winerj@holliston.k12.ma.us