Town of Omaha is beginning a brand new diversion program
(Omaha, NE) – A new diversion program is scheduled to start in the city of Omaha.
The Omaha City Prosecutor, the Omaha Police Department, and the Omaha City Human Rights and Relations Department have created a new diversion program. Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announced this during a press conference Tuesday.
The Restorative Justice Program offers a new option for minor violations. DUI and attack fees are not eligible for the program.
According to a media release, the six-month program includes community service, a restorative justice class, and six months without a criminal arrest.
Upon completion of the program, the fees will be rejected and the recording sealed. “The Restorative Justice Program offers second chances,” said Stothert. “It gives them options. You don’t have to go to the program, but it is an option you can have for a second chance. “
The program was proposed by Deputy Chief Michele Bang and the President of the Omaha Police Officers Association, Tony Conner, to provide an alternative to normal law enforcement measures.
According to the release, five adults and eleven teenagers participated in the program after they were arrested during protests last summer. You have all successfully completed the program. “The sessions gave officers and attendees the opportunity to be heard, which led to better understanding. Often times, people arrested for minor violations are not at their best. They can be angry or drunk and often misunderstand the law. “
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