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Starting in August, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office implemented a diversion program for children found in possession of marijuana. Under the program, children will be able to simply take one Saturday class to avoid incarceration. The program’s purpose—to avoid childhood detention for minor drug offenses—is in line with the goals of Harris County’s newly elected judges and District Attorney Kim Ogg.
Additionally, the Harris County District Attorney’s office has funded another juvenile diversion program for those in Houston’s Fifth Ward. The program is designed to help the area’s teenagers who have been a part of the juvenile justice system. The hope is that the services, mentorship, and volunteer opportunities offered will help the teenagers stay out of the justice system and uplift the community as a whole.
You can read more about the Fifth Ward Juvenile Justice Program here.