45.2015 Child abuse and child neglect diversion program.

Cite as [A.S.C.A. § 45.2015]

(a) The Attorney General, upon recommendation of the agency, may refer a person accused or suspected of child abuse or neglect to a nonjudicial source of treatment or assistance upon conditions set forth by the agency and the Attorney General. If a person is so diverted from the criminal justice system, the Attorney General shall not file charges in connection with the case if the person participates to the satisfaction of the agency and the attorney general in the diversion program offered.

(b) The initial diversion shall be for a period not to exceed 2 years. This diversion period may be extended for 1 additional 1-year period by the Attorney General if necessary. Decisions regarding extending diversion time periods shall be made following review of the person diverted by the Attorney General and the agency.

(c) If the person diverted successfully completes the diversion program to the satisfaction of the agency and the Attorney General, he is released from the terms and conditions of the program.

(d) Participation by a person accused or suspected of child abuse in any diversion program is voluntary.

History: 1980, PL 16-71 § 1; amd 1988, PL 20-71.

Research Guide: CRS 19-10-111.