Published on May 13th, 2013 | by MD0
Kane County State’s Attorney Puts Diversion Information up Front
Source: Daily Herald
The state’s attorney’s office recently consolidated all the information about the county’s five pretrial diversion programs on its website.
Known by many as “second chance” programs, these are opportunities for first-time nonviolent offenders to enter into a program in which they admit their crimes, stay out of trouble for a year or more and have the chance to keep their record clear of a conviction.
State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said that in recent months some defendants have asked to apply to diversion programs after litigating their cases for months and months or on the eve of trial.
Such requests typically are turned down.
“Part of diversion is acceptance of responsibility early on,” McMahon said.
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