Collections > UNC Chapel Hill Undergraduate Honors Theses Collection > Collaborative Justice: A Case Study Analysis of The Misdemeanor Diversion Program

North Carolina convicts sixteen- and seventeen-year old adolescents in the adult criminal justice system. The Misdemeanor Diversion Program is cross-agency collaborative program that diverts youth out of the justice system to prevent them from suffering from the collateral consequences of an adult criminal record. "What are the key factors that contribute to a successful court diversion collaborative?" This question is significant to policymakers focused on public safety, protecting youth, and collaboration amongst conflicting parties. The findings describe the origins of the collaborative group, determine five key success factors for collaborative, and analyze program implementation and preliminary evaluation. The five factors leading to a successful collaborative include: (1) Prominent Leadership Spearheading the Collaborative; (2) Framing Collateral Benefits in Alignment with Agency Mission; (3) Simple Goal to Conceptualize and Buy Into; (4) Neutral Party Housing Program Implementation and Management; (5) Consistent Communication Lines Established. The findings offer insights to other counties interested in forming a successful collaborative and provides policymakers a rehabilitative alternative to traditional criminal court processing.