Philosophy behind the First Time Offender Diversion Program:
- Low-Risk means an individual is at low-risk to re-offend or commit new criminal acts.
- Low-Risk individuals are generally self-correcting.
- Formal intervention is generally not necessary as a response to criminal behavior with most low-risk individuals.
- Mixing these individuals with medium to high risk offenders causes more harm than good.
The Chippewa County First Time Offender Diversion Program:
- Participants are referred directly by Law Enforcement or the District Attorney's office.
- Participants pay a fee to attend the program.
- They attend an orientation session and a one-hour education session regarding ramifications of citations/criminal violations and thought process leading to violations.
- Successful participants avoid citation and criminal charges and the offense remains off Wisconsin Circuit Court Access.
- The participant fee and all restitution must be paid before attending the education session.
Who is eligible for the program?
- Individuals receiving Chippewa County or City citations for matters which could otherwise be municipal.
- Individuals subject to criminal charges who are low to medium risk based on the Proxy assessment instruments, and first time offenders.
- Participants are only eligible for the program one time.
- Misdemeanor cases and possibly some low level felonies with certain exceptions.
- Most common offenses can include but not limited to: Theft, Disorderly Conduct, Retail Theft, Obstructing, Worthless checks, and Possession of THC or paraphernalia.