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Diversion Centers

Program Overview
A 5-7 month residential program emphasizing work on paid jobs. Divertees perform physical labor in organized public works projects/community service projects and at some prison complexes. Programs provided are employment counseling, substance abuse education, NA/AA groups, basic education/GED preparation, parenting skills, independent living skills, transitional services, and coping with domestic violence. Divertees participate in random urinalysis testing, medical and psychological counseling, Breaking Barriers, transitional services, and are evaluated for therapeutic treatment groups. Divertees have a mandatory period of intensive supervision followed by at least one year of regular supervision upon successful program completion.
Photo of Chesterfield Women's Diversion Center.
Chesterfield Women's Diversion Center

Eligibility
Nonviolent felons, as referenced in 19.2-316.1, with no age restriction other than tried/convicted as an adult and physically and emotionally suited for the program. A nonviolent felony refers to any felony except those pursuant an act of violence as defined in 19.2-297.1.

Code of Virginia
See Code of Virginia Sections 19.2-316.1, 19.2-316.3, 53.1-67.7, and 19.2-297.1.

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