The Diversion programs are run in collaboration with the Center for Life Skills and the Tucson City Prosecutor's Office. Former provider, Southwestern Intervention Services (S.I.S.) still maintains a clientele base from diversion matters entered into before October 15, 2012.
Diversion provides many first-time offenders an opportunity to participate in relevant counseling rather than proceeding through the court system and establishing a criminal record. Through counseling and classes, participants are guided toward alternative methods of managing and understanding the kind of behavior that lead to criminal activity.
Participants who successfully complete diversion receive a dismissal of the misdemeanor charge(s) from Tucson City Court and avoid a criminal record.
Prosecutors offer eligible defendants the diversion option in court. Participants cited with substance abuse charges attend substance abuse counseling. Participants cited for shoplifting, disorderly conduct, theft, etc., attend adult responsibility classes. Participants cited for specific animal code violations attend a humane education class.
In addition to collecting appropriate program fees and documents, Life Skills tracks defendants’ progress in counseling, takes appropriate action with those who fail to comply with program requirements, and prepares the documentation when defendants successfully complete the diversion program. The cost of the program is $250.00, payable upon registration. Additional fees may apply.
In all cases, the prosecutor will make the ultimate decision.
Possible charges not included in the costs of the program listed above include restitution were applicable, monthly assessments for Monitored Diversion, and other fees related to the diversion program.
In limited circumstances, Monitored Diversion may be available for certain domestic violence and other offenses. Monitored Diversion involves more intensive counseling, education, and supervisor than regular diversion and program requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
In an effort to improve the safety of bicyclists in our community, the City Prosecutor's Office will dismiss a cyclist's civil traffic citation if he or she submits proof of completion of the Road 1 Safety class offered by the Pima County Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.
If you wish to take advantage of this opportunity you need to take the following steps:
The class is free.
A cyclist who has had his or her citation dismissed through this program is not eligible for another dismissal for one year.
People suffering from serious mental illness who are cited for certain misdemeanor crimes are usually best served by receiving treatment rather than criminal penalties. Jail or fines have little effect when an individual's behavior is uncontrollable due to mental illness.
The Mental Health Diversion Progam (MHDP) was implemented to present mentally ill offenders charged with a misdemeanor the option of participation in community-based treatment programs instead of continuing forward with a standard prosecution.
The offender must meet specified criteria and be connected to an approved service provider to qualify. Candidates must agree to be monitored by the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA), throughout the duration of the program, which is usually 180 days.
The Mental Health Diversion Program is a cooperative effort between the Tucson City Court, the Criminal Division of the City Attorney's Office, and the CPSA and its network of At-Risk Providers.