180° Diversion provides a valuable program opportunity for positive change in the lives of young adults who have had contact with law enforcement and the legal system. The agency offers a voluntary alternative to the criminal justice system for individuals ages 17-22, and their families. Through the completion of a strict 9-month program, young offenders will learn from their mistakes, make positive changes in their lives, and take responsibility for their actions.
How Does 180° Diversion Work?180° Diversion builds positive support systems and encourages behavioral changes that will last a lifetime. Through this program, young adults are allowed to earn a second chance.
The program’s research-based approach is built on a foundation of family & community involvement, proven methods of diversion from across the U.S. and a solid network of city, county, state and national partnerships. The nine-month process includes:
Providing valuable life skillsThe 24-session formal class focuses on effective communication, building competencies, strengthening family bonds and substance abuse education. In addition, volunteer guest speakers assist participants with skills such as:
After the class session, participants must demonstrate the skills they have learned by applying them to community service activities. Through these efforts, young offenders are able to make amends to the benefit of the community at large.
Family Involvement180° Diversion recognizes that a family support system is an integral component to diversion efforts. By working together, young adults and their families support each other while completing program requirements and accomplishing identified goals. As a result, 180° Diversion is able to intervene in the lives of Waukesha County young adult offenders and their families at a critical time by providing a variety of interventions designed to meet the individual needs of a particular adolescent. The outcomes for diversion include: 1) an immediate intervention, 2) building stronger families, 3) promoting accountability, 4) being solution-focused, 5) alleviating the impact on the criminal justice system, 6) reduction in young adults re-offending and 7) helping program participants engage in a 180 degree turn towards a positive future.
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