Lawmakers eye expanding juvenile diversion to some violent offenses

Advocates say racial disparities start at criminal justice system’s front door

IN JANUARY, nearly four years after the idea was first conceived, the state launched its first state-run, state-funded juvenile diversion programs. The idea was to keep teenagers out of detention and avoid saddling them with a juvenile court record for minor offenses, like shoplifting or using illicit drugs. Now, lawmakers are considering expanding the diversion(...)

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