Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $1,000,000)
The Contra Costa County, through its Office of the District Attorney in partnership with the RYSE Youth Center, implement the Transitional Aged Youth Diversion Program. The purpose is to provide an alternative pathway for youth who are arrested for specified felonies and serious misdemeanors in Contra Costa County. Project activities include establishing a Transitional Aged Youth Diversion program eligibility and participation guidelines; developing and implementing a restorative justice based alternative to incarceration to achieve rehabilitation and accountability. Expected outcomes include the development a pre-charge diversion program for young adults; provision of evidence-based services to acknowledge and repair past harm and refrain from causing future harm; reduction in recidivism in Contra Costa County; and regular program assessments.