Jo Jackson diverted to care program

Posted: October 6, 2017 at 10:29 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- A woman with a history of alcohol-related arrests -- including killing a worker in a construction zone -- has been placed in a court-ordered, five-year diversion program.


In criminal law, a defendant is diverted out of the criminal justice system by rather than being incarcerated. Criminal charges are typically dropped when a defendant successfully completes a diversion program. The defendant therefore avoids the stigma of a criminal conviction. Diversion programs are usually only available to defendants charged with misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies involving drugs or alcohol.


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