Judge puts Jackson in diversion program

Woman to be treated for mental illness instead of prosecuted on multiple charges

Posted: October 7, 2017 at 1 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.

Diversion

In criminal law, a defendant is diverted out of the criminal justice system 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.

Source: uslegal.com

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