The Pima County Attorney’s Office has developed and implemented a number of special programs to divert non-violent, non-dangerous individuals from prosecution and to provide alternatives to incarceration.
Drug Treatment Alternative to Prison (DTAP)
The Pima County Attorney’s Office operates the Drug Treatment Alternative to Prison Program, which offers repetitive felony drug offenders who, if convicted, would be sent to prison, an alternative of treatment (residential or intensive outpatient treatment) in lieu of prison. In addition to treatment, participants receive a panoply of wraparound recovery support services. They are regularly monitored by the court and probation, including with regular drug testing, to ensure they stay on track. DTAP has a 70% success rate. It is a proven solution that not only has saved lives but also has saved taxpayers millions of dollars. In 2014, DTAP was recognized by the National Association of Counties for being an innovative and cost-effective program.

The Pima County Attorney’s Office has partnered with other agency leaders to develop and implement additional programs that provide alternatives to incarceration.

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Community Justice Boards
The Pima County Attorney’s Office operates 17 Community Justice Boards scattered throughout the urban areas of Pima County. Each of these boards is staffed by a group of community volunteers who meet monthly or bi-monthly with juveniles who have been cited by law enforcement for committing first or second time non-violent offenses. Rather than being prosecuted, these juveniles are given an opportunity to admit their crimes, apologize and make restitution to their victims, and complete a program of constructive consequences, including counseling and education and special projects to help them get on track for future success. The CJB Program, run by a lean staff of three leveraging the resources of 90 community volunteers, has a success rate of more than 90%.

If you are interested in being part of a Community Justice Board, click here for more information.
Adult Diversion
The Pima County Attorney’s Office operates several adult diversion programs – misdemeanor diversion, marijuana diversion, and felony diversion.

Through these programs, those who have been charged for the first or second time with non-violent, non-dangerous crimes are afforded the opportunity to admit their crimes, make restitution to victims, and complete a program of constructive consequences, such as education or counseling, to help deter them from committing crimes again. The Adult Diversion Programs have an overall success rate of 86%.

Bad Check Program
The Pima County Attorney’s Office operates the Bad Check Program. Through this diversion program, local merchants are made whole when offenders - who have received goods and services in exchange for checks drawn on accounts with insufficient funds - are required to pay full restitution. The program itself is paid for with fees collected from the offenders. Our Bad Check Program has for many years been named the number one bad check program in the nation!

If you are a Pima County merchant and would like to participate in the Pima County Bad Check Program, you may request a FREE Bad Check wall hanging to place in your business by calling our office.

To learn more about the County Attorney's Bad Check Program, click here for more information or call (520) 740-4100.
Juvenile Diversion
In addition to operating its own Community Justice Board diversion program for juveniles, the Pima County Attorney's Office supports the referral of non-violent, non-dangerous juvenile offenders to the Juvenile Diversion Program run by the Probation Department. This program offers first time juvenile offenders an alternative to prosecution and detention.

Teen Court
In addition to operating its own Community Justice Board diversion program for juveniles, the Pima County Attorney's Office supports the referral of non-violent, non-dangerous juvenile offenders to the Teen Court Program run by Pima Prevention Partnership. This program offers first-time juvenile offenders an alternative to prosecution and detention.

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)
The Pima County Attorney’s Office was proud to participate in the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, which has reduced the population of the Pima County Juvenile Detention center by roughly 90% and has eliminated racial and ethnic disparities in the detention population.
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