Community Diversion Program Helping to Cut Crime in Yakima
Combating simple crime like graffiti and shoplifting can problematic for cities with limited budgets to prosecute such crimes. But the city of Yakima is trying to change that. In 2016 the city started the community diversion program. the Program uses a problem solving approach to crime designed to address recurring low level crime. A news release from the city says through partnerships with government, community and treatment organizations, the Community Diversion Program is designed to hold defendants accountable, address factors impacting criminal behavior and improve the quality of life in the neighborhood.
According to the city so far 27 people have successfully completed and graduated from the Community Diversion Program. Of the 27, three have new convictions (25% of participants).
There are currently 13 participants enrolled in the program.
The program is operated out of Seasons Performance Hall and the People for People offices.