In April of 2022, the office of the Commonwealth's Attorney launched the Taking Root diversion program, an unprecedentedly expansive diversion program run out of the Office in partnership with Opportunities Alternatives Resolutions (OAR), a Fairfax-based nonprofit.
To be recommended for Taking Root, individuals charged with non-violent offenses must have an underlying issue that has led to their criminal involvement. Participants receive an individualized treatment course, and can have their cases dismissed after successfully completing the program.
The services available to those deemed eligible for the program include case management, mental health assessments, referrals and compliance monitoring, substance abuse assessment referrals and compliance monitoring, vocation and education referrals, job skill training referrals, affordable housing, and more.
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 email@example.com.