Lower Grafton County Court Diversion

The Lower Grafton County Court Diversion program serves Lebanon, Hanover, Canaan, Enfield, Lyme, and Orford. Diversion is a confidential program in which referrals are made from the Lebanon Police Department Prosecutor or the Grafton County Prosecutor. The program is an alternative to going through court and is voluntary. The program coordinator works with Restorative Justice Panel volunteers who are trained in Restorative Justice principles and practices, and come from a variety of backgrounds.

In order to participate in the program, the participant must take responsibility for their choices. The panel works with the victim and participant to create a contract, which serves as an agreement outlining what the participant will do to repair the harm done and address any underlying needs. Participants have 90 days to complete the contract, and if they are successful in completing the program the case is returned to the prosecuting officer and charges are dismissed. If they are unsuccessful in completing the diversion program, the case is returned for prosecution.

In some situations, there are particpants that are referred directly to our Alcohol Safety Program or our Cannabis Education Program. This is a three hour class, and, in these cases, the program coordinator assists the participant in navigating through the process.

For more information, please contact:

Lyndsay Porreca
Program Coordinator
Lower Grafton County Court Diversion
211 North Main Street, PO Box 474
White River Junction, VT 05001
802-295-5078, ext. 13
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