Our Programs

School Offense Diversion Program (SoDP)

About the School Offense Diversion Program

Program Coordinator Cindy McDaniel

DCJ’s School Offense Diversion Program (SoDP) staff work with students referred by the Attorney General’s Office as a result of an arrest for an in-school incident. This program is an alternative to the juvenile court process and punitive disciplinary approaches – a space for mediation with students to talk through and understand the nature of the incident and to validate their experience. Students learn to skillfully resolve problems and sustain healthy relationships so that what may have been their first experience with the legal system is their last. The School Offense Diversion Program is funded through the State of Delaware and governed by the Administrative Office of the Courts.

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Please consider getting involved in this critical work. We have full-time, intern, and volunteer positions available and would love to hear from anyone who is passionate about seeing real change for those affected by criminal justice in Delaware.