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TITLE 20
STATE PRISON AND COUNTY JAILS
CHAPTER 5
JUVENILE CORRECTIONS ACT
20-511.  Diversion or informal disposition of the petition. (1) Prior to the filing of any petition under this act, the prosecuting attorney may request a preliminary inquiry from the county probation officer to determine whether the interest of the public or the juvenile requires a formal court proceeding. If court action is not required, the prosecuting attorney may utilize the diversion process and refer the case directly to the county probation officer or a community-based diversion program for informal probation and counseling. If the diversion process is utilized pursuant to this subsection, then statements made by a juvenile in a diversion proceeding shall be inadmissible at an adjudicative proceeding on the underlying charge as substantive evidence of guilt. If community service is going to be utilized pursuant to this subsection, the prosecuting attorney shall collect a fee of sixty cents (60¢) per hour for each hour of community service work the juvenile is going to perform and remit the fee to the state insurance fund for the purpose of securing worker's compensation insurance for the juvenile offender performing community service. However, if a county is self-insured and provides worker's compensation insurance for persons performing community service pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, then remittance to the state insurance fund is not required.
(2)  After the petition has been filed and where, at the admission or denial hearing, the juvenile offender admits to the allegations contained in the petition, the court may decide to make an informal adjustment of the petition. Informal adjustment includes, but is not limited to:
(a)  Reprimand of the juvenile offender;
(b)  Informal supervision with the probation department;
(c)  Community service work;
(d)  Restitution to the victim;
(e)  Participation in a community-based diversion program.
(3)  The court may dismiss the case upon an application by the juvenile offender if:
(a)  An informal adjustment has been granted and the juvenile offender has satisfied the terms or conditions of the informal adjustment;
(b)  The court is convinced by the showing made that there is no longer cause for continuing the period of informal adjustment; and
(c)  It be compatible with the public interest.
(4)  Information uniquely identifying the juvenile offender, the offense, and the type of program utilized shall be forwarded to the department. This information shall be maintained by the department in a statewide juvenile offender information system. Access to the information shall be controlled by the department, subject to the provisions of section 9-342, Idaho Code.
(5)  Such informal adjustment of the petition shall be conducted in the manner prescribed by the Idaho juvenile rules. When an informal adjustment is made pursuant to this section and the juvenile offender is to perform community service work, the court shall assess the juvenile offender a fee of sixty cents (60¢) per hour for each hour of community service work the juvenile offender is to perform. This fee shall be remitted by the court to the state insurance fund for the purpose of securing worker's compensation insurance for the juvenile offender performing community service. However, if a county is self-insured and provides worker's compensation insurance for persons performing community service pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, then remittance to the state insurance fund is not required.

History:
[(20-511) 16-1807A, added 1984, ch. 81, sec. 7, p. 152; am. 1994, ch. 233, sec. 3, p. 727; am. and redesig. 1995, ch. 44, sec. 12, p. 80; am. 1996, ch. 260, sec. 1, p. 856; am. 2009, ch. 154, sec. 1, p. 449; am. 2012, ch. 19, sec. 10, p. 49; am. 2013, ch. 222, sec. 1, p. 522; am. 2014, ch. 345, sec. 1, p. 865.]

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