The Sioux Council Juvenile Diversion Program is designed to provide youth with a positive alternative to the court system. Youth participate in structured programs and group interactions which are intended to improve self-esteem, self-understanding, decision-making, communication, respect, responsibility, caring, and honesty. The goal is to divert youth away from the court system, and assist local schools, families, and the community to reduce the recidivism among youth.
The Sioux Council Juvenile Diversion Program (JDP) is home to two different initiatives. These are Teen Court and the Community Accountability Board. Teen Court is the larger of the two programs which serves first time offenders. The Community Accountability Board has a smaller caseload, and serves repeat offenders or offenders who may have unique or sensitive case factors. You can find more information about each initiative using the counciding menus on the right-hand side. Cases are referred to the JDP by the Minnehaha States Attorney Office. This program is the only court recognized juvenile diversion program to exist within the great state of South Dakota. That being said, upon succesful completion of this program juveniles are granted a second chance to live a normal life with a record free from the criminal charge for which their referral stems from.
For any questions, please reach out to the Sioux Council Juvenile Diversion Program Director, Leanne Williams, at (605)323-0748.