CUMING/BURT COUNTY JUVENILE DIVERSION

Coordinator:
Addisen Johnson
200 S Lincoln Rm 51 West Point, NE
(402)372-6010
diversion@cumingcounty.ne.gov

Accountability Officer:
Allison Russman
200 S Lincoln Rm 51 West Point, NE
(402)372-6010
arussman@cumingcounty.ne.gov

Juvenile Diversion

Juvenile diversion is a program offered in Cuming County designed to keep youth out of the formal criminal justice system. Diversion is generally extended to individuals who have not had previous contact with law enforcement and who have committed an infraction or a non-violent misdemeanor/felony offense. Individuals who successfully complete diversion will not have a legal record of the offense. This is important for anyone needing to attain or maintain certain licensure or trying to gain security clearance for employment or post-secondary education.

Diversion is a 30 – 180-day program offered to first- or second-time offending youth, who have been referred by the county attorney. Our office provides juvenile services in Cuming County and Burt County through an interlocal agreement. During the diversionary period, the participant is expected to complete community service, a letter of apology, an education class and/or a substance abuse evaluation.

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or by appointment

See it, Say it, Send it App! Cuming County Nebraska is hosting a new app. The Juvenile Awareness Group (JAG) is launching an app that allows law enforcement to send messages about current or past suspicious activity, be proactive in warning about potential criminal activity and alert the community of missing or endangered persons. In return, the community empowerment side of the app allows the app users to capture images, video or audio of suspicious activity and autonomously send it to the closest law enforcement agency (Cuming County Dispatch). The hope is to utilize a day to day tool that most youth and community members own, cell phones, to help promote a safe community. For more information about the app, click here.

The truancy program aims to reduce number of days missed by students and wants to help provide the resources and support to further the youth’s education.

Objectives:

  • Reduce chronic/excessive absenteeism
  • Reduce habitual tardies
  • Provide school-based services
  • Provide community-based services
  • Intervention levels:
    • Level 1: School Intervention Only
      • Schools must develop an attendance policy
      • Schools can make referrals to TD at any time
      • Schools are encouraged to refer all students to TD at 7 or more days
      • Schools must document efforts and services to reduce barriers to attendance
    • Level 2: Truancy Diversion
      • Make referrals as needs are identified
      • Run daily and weekly attendances searches
      • Meet with school officials to discuss school attendance/grades
      • Correspond with students and students’ parents for intake paperwork, home visits or any other means deemed necessary
      • Formal contract and action plan created
    • Level 3:Juvenile Filing
      • Schools or TD refers to county attorney after 20 days or hourly equivalent meet
      • **Courts are able to refer to truancy diversion at any moment, even if the students has missed 20+ days or less**

Office Hours:  Monday-Friday 7:30 am to 12:30 pm or by appointment