Diversion Services Overview

In collaboration with the Franklin County Juvenile Prosecutor’s office, first-time misdemeanor offenders are referred to the Youth Education & Intervention Services department by the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office and Juvenile Magistrates. Youth are scheduled to appear, with their parent or guardian, before a Diversion Officer. After meeting with the Diversion Officer, the youth may be referred to a number of community-based programs including Directions for Youth, Franklin County Children Services or a variety of other programs that are based in the Franklin County area. Additionally, the youth may be referred to Court managed programs such as Teen Court, Juvenile Restorative Justice Circles, Community Service, and Mediation. Successful completion of the diversion process can result in the youth not having a formal court record. Failure to successfully complete diversion results in youth being charged formally.

Who can Participate in Diversion?

  • Youth referred by a Juvenile Court Magistrate or by the Juvenile Prosecutor’s Intake Department.
  • Youth charged with misdemeanor offenses, who are first-time offenders.
  • Youth between the ages of 11 and 17 at the time of the offense.
  • Youth who acknowledge/admit their involvement in the offense.
  • Youth who have parental or guardian consent.

What Sentencing Outcomes are Available with Diversion?

Sentences may involve any combination of the following:

  • An apology to a victim or parent.
  • Community service hours.
  • An essay on a topic determined by the Diversion Counselor.
  • A research paper regarding the law that was broken.
  • A referral for substance use/abuse.
  • Online courses related to the offense or issue at hand.
  • Juvenile Restorative Justice Circles.
  • Teen Court.
  • Mediation.

Youth Education & Intervention Services Diversion Staff

Atira Haile, Diversion Counselor

Brittany Lewis, Diversion Counselor

Martin Doneghy, Diversion Counselor

Patrick Tingler, Programs Supervisor

Julie O’Reilly Troth, Director of Juvenile Programs and Services

Where are Diversion Services Located?

Franklin County Juvenile Court
Youth Education & Intervention Services
399 South Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Hours of Operation:

Monday thru Friday

8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.