Truancy Intevention Program
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SD Coalition for Children
Pennington County Juvenile Diversion
300 Kansas City Street, Suite 400
Rapid City, SD 57701
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The Juvenile Diversion Program, which includes Teen Court and Truancy Intevention Program, is a collaboration between the Pennington County State’s Attorney, the 7th Judicial Court, and local social service providers. It is offered as an alternative to court involvement for juvenile offenders ages 10-17.
Charges typically eligible for diversion include:
The Juvenile Diversion Program is designed to help offenders understand the consequences of their crimes and help them make better choices about their futures. While requirements are stringent, participants can complete the program while remaining in school and participating in other ongoing activities.
To develop the most effective program, an initial needs assessment is conducted with the offender and his or her family to determine needs and set goals. Depending on the offense committed and the individual needs of each offender, staff may recommend any or all the following:
Through a combination of needs assessment, counseling, classes and other activities, the three-month program works to:
A Consent to Diversion form which describes the Juvenile Diversion Program and details what will be required to successfully complete it, is prepared and signed by both the offender and his or her parents. Juvenile Diversion staff may make random contact with the offender and his or her family during the course of the program to make sure that program requirements are being met and to monitor progress; however, the primary responsibly for completing the program rests with the offender and the family.
The following are some of the classes and other activities that may be required during the three-month program. Participants are responsible for all program costs. Scholarships may be available for families needing financial assistance.
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