Diversion and rehabilitation programs divert nonviolent offenders from overburdened courts and overcrowded corrections institutions to resources that will assist them to become more productive functioning members of society.
Participation in a diversion or rehabilitation program is completely voluntary.
A defendant may be offered a deferred disposition during plea negotiations. A deferred disposition is a contract between the District Attorney and the defendant which is approved by the court.
The defendant enters a plea of guilty to charges in court and agrees to adhere to and meet certain conditions during the contract period.
Defendants are required to contact the Diversion and Rehabilitation Unit of the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office in person or via phone or email within 7 days of signing their deferment. This initial conversation will outline the expectations for the period of deferment as well as the expected reporting requirements.
The coordinator and / or clerk will monitor the defendant's adherence to the contract throughout the deferment period and file paperwork with the court accordingly and/or involve law enforcement when necessary.
If the defendant is successful in adhering to the deferment terms, then the defendant will return to court and receive the agreed upon reduced sentence or straight dismissal of the alleged charges or a combination of both.