A short video pro­duced by the Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion describes a mod­el for com­mu­ni­ty-led diver­sion and devel­op­ment for youth who might oth­er­wise face jus­tice sys­tem involve­ment. It fea­tures Los Ange­les Coun­ty and its use of youth diver­sion pro­gram­ming by local ser­vice providers to hold young peo­ple account­able for their actions. Based on cur­rent Cal­i­for­nia law, approx­i­mate­ly 80% of youth arrests are eli­gi­ble for diversion.

Los Ange­les Coun­ty is sig­nif­i­cant­ly expand­ing the use of diver­sion from the juve­nile jus­tice sys­tem because the alter­na­tive — arrest­ing young peo­ple and for­mal­ly pro­cess­ing their cas­es in juve­nile court — increas­es the like­li­hood of sub­se­quent arrests, school strug­gles and employ­ment chal­lenges. Juve­nile court pro­cess­ing is espe­cial­ly detri­men­tal for youth who are assessed as low risk of reof­fend­ing and have lit­tle or no pri­or record of delinquency.