ADULT DIVERSION PROGRAM COLLECTS MORE THAN $83,000 IN PROGRAM FEES, MORE THAN $20,000 IN RESTITUTION, AND MORE THAN $5,400 FOR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS DURING 2016
DATE: February 28, 2017
Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott announced today that the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Adult Diversion Program collected $83,656 in fees during 2016, a more than 13% increase over the previous year. Fees collected during the last four years, which go to the Macon County General Fund, totaled more than $378,500. The program also collected more than $20,000 in restitution for crime victims in 2016.
The program’s Give Back to the Community Fee, in its second year, collected $5,425 for local non-profit organizations. Organizations receiving funds were The Child 1st Center, Coalition of Neighborhood Organizations, DOVE Inc., Decatur Community Partnership, Police Benevolent & Protective Association Unit # 39, Macon County Fraternal Order of Police # 144, Macon County Animal Shelter, Decatur Macon County Senior Center, and Independence Pointe.
Program participants also completed 5,110 hours of community service during 2016.
The Adult Diversion Program has diverted appropriate non-violent first-time offenders from Macon County’s court system since 1992. The program reduces the caseload of the office, allowing prosecutors to devote their efforts and resources to more serious crimes, reducing the backlog of cases, and saving taxpayer dollars. The program diverted 244 cases from Macon County court during 2016.
“Kim Tarvin has served as coordinator for the program for the last four years,” Scott said. “She works very hard and is very dedicated to making Adult Diversion a success. It’s a good program for victims, it’s good for first-time offenders who make a mistake in judgment, it’s a good source of revenue for the county, and it saves a lot of tax dollars.”
Macon County State’s Attorney