LA to expand ‘restorative justice’ programs for violent felons

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LA to expand 'restorative justice' programs for violent felons

Kiddie criminals in Los Angeles accused of serious crimes are set to get a pass under new rules from District Attorney George Gascon.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney will expand its “restorative justice” diversion programs for youths to include those facing charges like burglary, arson, robber and even sexual battery, among other crimes, according to a leaked memo from the DA’s office.

Diversion programs are a form of pre-trial intervention which allows alleged juveniles to avoid prosecution, conviction — and serious jail time — in favor of more rehabilitative approaches.

The DA’s office launched a pilot for the Restorative Enhanced Diversion for Youth (REDY) program in Nov 2021.

The memo was first reported by Fox News.

“According to this policy, prosecutors in the LA DA office tell me if a juvenile were to follow you home, pull a knife on you, threaten to kill you, then use force to rob you, and they are later arrested, they would be eligible for diversion rather than prosecution.” Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin said in a tweet explaining the implications of the new memo.

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The program will apply to youths facing charges like burglary, arson, robber and even sexual battery,.
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Reps for the LA District Attorney did not immediately respond to request for comment from The Post.

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