This year, the Hollywood Municipal Ordinance Diversion Program began in Judge Cawthon’s division at the South Satellite Courthouse, and the first 3 program graduates completed the program last week! The diversion program is aimed at addressing the needs of the homeless and low-level first time and repeat offenders who have been charged with municipal ordinance violations. Individuals who are eligible for the diversion program must comply with all program requirements, including active participation in community programs aimed at addressing each individual’s specific needs, such as housing assistance, substance abuse, job training, etc. This type of program encourages individuals with chronic issues to take control of their lives and overcome their problems, ultimately improving both the individuals’ lives and the quality of life in the surrounding community.
The first time graduates were presented with a certificate of completion and had their cases dismissed by the Hollywood City Prosecutor.