Misdemeanor Diversion Program

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North Carolina is the only state to prosecute all 16 and 17 year olds charged with criminal offenses in the adult criminal system. These criminal records can have severe collateral consequences, especially for youth of color, while also having a grave fiscal impact on individuals, families and communities.  The Durham County Misdemeanor Program (MDP) is a 90 day diversion program that seeks to avoid a first arrest for many low-risk youth in Durham County, keeping youth out of the adult criminal system.

On January 1, 2014, the Durham County MDP changed how 16-and-17 year-old first-time, non-violent offenders committing misdemeanors are processed. In lieu of formal court processing, an incident report (IR) program has been initiated and eligible youth are referred by law enforcement to MDP.  Following intake, youth are required to attend a Diversion Court session and referred to a community diversion program based on individual needs and reason for referral.  If the youth does not comply or complete the assigned MDP program, the referring officer will be notified and can opt to move forward in criminal court for prosecution.  If the youth successfully completes Diversion Court and the community diversion program, the youth is released from MDP and the IR is closed out with youth having no record or adult criminal history.

From 2014 to March 2016, there have been 165 admissions to MDP and 136 exits. 98% of exits were successful completions.


Community Resources 

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In the News2 Yo, bro, What'd you do, 3/14/2016

Jasmine, 3/30/2014

Orange County will implement MDP, 4/18/2016,

Durham MDP, 4/27/2015


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For more information, please contact

Kelly Andrews, Program Coordinator

Email: kcandrews@dconc.gov

Phone: 919-560-8292

Fax: 919-560-0504

326 E Main St, Durham, NC, 27701

New BlueDue to the success of MDP for 16-17 year olds,  Durham City and County Leaders decided to make an additional MDP program for 18-21 year olds (Adult MDP).  Like the Juvenile Diversion program, the goal is to further reduce the direct and indirect negative consequences of youthful poor decision-making; and redirect the offender onto a more positive and productive life-path.  All Adult MDP program criteria, eligibility, referral process, and Incident Report system are the same as Juvenile MDP.  From October 2015 - March 2016, there have been thirty (30) referrals and twenty (20) successful program completions for Adult MDP.  For more information on Adult MDP, please contact CJRC at (919) 560-0500.