Pre-trial diversion from the justice system is intended to relieve overburdened courts and crowded jails, and to spare low-risk offenders from the devastating consequences of a criminal record. It is available mostly in nonviolent cases that make up the vast majority of crimes, like shoplifting, drug possession, and theft. There are diversion programs in almost every state. In many places, only people with money can afford a second chance by using the procedure. Though diversion was introduced as . . .
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