We've launched a new restorative justice pilot for young adults. Restorative justice is a victim-centered program in which the offender personally accounts for the harm that has been caused and the parties identify a path to healing for the victim outside of a traditional jail sentence. Existing programs show high rates of victim satisfaction and significant success in reducing future crime.
This pilot program will serve first-time offenders between the ages of 18 and 26 who have been charged with low-level offenses and will be operated through a partnership with NVMS Conflict Resolution Center.
Why Diversion? - To improve justice and safety in Fairfax County, our office depends heavily on diverting low-risk individuals from the criminal justice system. By treating the root causes of criminal behavior, these individuals are less likely to recidivate in the future, helping to improve community safety and individual lives.
The OCA oversees multiple diversion programs and specialty dockets as alternative pathways to provide accountability and rehabilitation for people charged with specific non-violent crimes. For specific questions about eligibility or participation in these programs, please contact Diversion Coordinator Mayo Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.