Felony diversion programs

Restorative Justice Community Court (RJCC) Pre-Plea

Community court in North Lawndale that practices restorative justice. In peace circles, the person harmed, person charged, and community members write a collaborative Repair of Harm Agreement. This agreement is a legal document outlining requirements the group feels are necessary to repair the harm caused by the crime committed. The agreement could include requirements such as education, mentoring, job training, drug or mental health assessment. Charges are dismissed upon successful completion of the terms of the Repair of Harm Agreement. 

Eligibility 

  • Must be 18-26 years old 
  • Charged with a non-violent felony or misdemeanor
  • Live in North Lawndale 
  • Have a nonviolent criminal history 
  • Accept responsibility for harm caused
  • Both the person charged & the person harmed must be willing to participate in RJCC

 

Felony Deferred Prosecution Program (Branch 9) Pre-Plea

First time felony offenders may be offered deferred prosecution and participation in a 12-month program focused on education, employment, community service, and payment of restitution to the person harmed for their financial loss. Defendants enter an agreement with the State’s Attorney’s Office and the Branch 9 Court to participate in this program and charges are dismissed upon successful completion of the agreement and repayment of restitution. 

Eligibility 

  • Must have a felony charge 
  • No prior felony convictions 
  • No violence, weapons or DUI charges 
  • Victim approval 
  • No violent misdemeanor convictions within the last 10 years

 

Drug Deferred Prosecution Program (DDPP) Pre-Plea

Linkage to community-based services for low level non-violent drug offenders. Includes a formal substance abuse assessment. Charges dismissed upon successful completion of program requirements determined by case managers.

Eligibility 

  • Class 4 Charges for 5g or less of a controlled substance   
  • Class 4 Possession of Cannabis with intent to distribute

 

Drug Treatment Court    (Statute 730 ILCS 166/1) Post-Plea

18-24 months of probation focusing on treatment, housing, education and employment opportunities. Drug court targets high risk, high need persons charged with non-violent, felony offenses eligible for probation. Participation may include a period of in-custody treatment. Charges are dismissed upon successful completion of program requirements determined by case managers. 

Eligibility 

  • Felony charges in Chicago 
  • Felony or misdemeanor charges in suburbs
  • No violent convictions within the past 10 years pursuant to statute requirements
  • Must have a substance use disorder
  • Demonstrated willingness to participate in a treatment program 

 

Mental Health Treatment Court (Statute 730 ILCS 168/1) Post-Plea

24 months of intensive probation focusing on treatment, medication compliance, housing, and employment opportunities. Mental health court targets high risk, high need persons charged with nonviolent offenses that are eligible for probation. Charges are dismissed upon successful completion of program requirements determined by case managers. 

Eligibility 

  • Felony charge in Chicago
  • Felony or misdemeanor charge in suburbs
  • No violent convictions within the past 10 years pursuant to statute
  • Must have a psychiatric diagnosis
  • Demonstrated willingness to participate in a treatment program 

 

Veterans Treatment Court (Statute 730 ILCS 167/1) Post-Plea

24 months of probation focusing on employment, housing, and any necessary treatment. The program’s case managers includefederal VA employees. Charges are dismissed upon successful completion of program requirements determined by case managers.

Eligibility 

  • Felony charge in Chicago 
  • Felony or misdemeanor charge in suburbs 
  • No violent convictions within the past 10 years pursuant to statute
  • Verified military service
  • No dishonorable discharge  
  • Demonstrated willingness to participate in a treatment program