"Adult Diversion Program Fees Increase 55%,
Collection of Restitution Increases 103%, in 2013"
Macon County State’s Attorney Jay Scott announced today that Macon County State’s Attorney’s Adult Diversion Program fees collected during 2013 increased 55%, resulting in revenue to the Macon County General Fund of more than $111,500. In addition, the program collected nearly $46,000 in restitution for crime victims, a 103% increase over the previous year.
The Adult Diversion Program, which Scott developed and implemented as an Assistant State’s Attorney in 1992, diverts appropriate non-violent first-time offenders from the court system, requiring them to pay a fee to the county, pay restitution to the victim, complete community service, and to comply with any other conditions imposed. The program reduces the caseload of the office, allowing prosecutors to devote their efforts and resources to more serious crimes, and saving taxpayer dollars. The program diverted 298 cases from Macon County court during 2013.
Scott attributes the increase in collections to new procedures devised by Kim Tarvin, who became Program Coordinator at the end of November 2012. “I am very proud of Kim Tarvin’s performance as Program Coordinator,” Scott said. “Kim has been a dedicated employee of the State’s Attorney’s Office for more than 18 years. She has always shown a tremendous commitment to the office and to crime victims. Her work ethic and desire to excel made possible the great success of the Adult Diversion Program during 2013.”