Cobb County Juvenile Court Youth Diversion Program


1738 County Services Parkway
Marietta, GA, 30008-4028

Youth Diversion Program (YDP) is an alternative method for handling cases of youths who are first time offenders and charged with a minor offense. If the youth admits to the charge, that youth may be allowed to volunteer for the YDP. If the child successfully completes the YDP, the child\'s charges may be dismissed by the Court. YDP cases are heard by a panel of trained volunteers instead of a judge. After hearing the facts of the case, the YDP volunteers confer and craft a sentence that is appropriate for the child and and the offense. After hearing the YDP recommended sentence the child may opt out of the program and choose a formal hearing before a judge or may sign a contract agreeing to the sentence. If the child agrees, the child will be assigned to one of the YDP volunteers as a supervisor to assist the child in successfully completing the sentence. The volunteer will monitor the child\'s progress and certify the successful completion of the sentence or report violations of the agreement to the YDP coordinator. (Copies from web page)

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