Our core services involve a court diversion program on referrals from the OPP, the Town of Smiths Falls police and from the Crown Attorney’s office for both youth and adult offenders. The Ministry of the Attorney General assists with some funding for offenders aged 12 to 17 years of age. We are also pleased to be a United Way Lanark County partner and are grateful for their ongoing support. The balance of our costs is covered by fundraising, donations, grants and sponsorships each year.
LCCJP has been providing court diversion services for 15 years in Lanark County and the Town of Smiths Falls. Our office is located in Perth, ON. We have 40 fully-trained volunteers who conduct the community justice forum process for youth and adults. Our recidivism rate is less than 5% compared to the recidivism rate for similar cases through the criminal system of about 30%.
Typical cases that we handle include the following (among others):
- Theft Under
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Taking a Vehicle Without Consent
- Dangerous Weapon (BB Gun, etc.)
- Break and Enter
- Property Damage
- Possession of Stolen Goods