Troy May Add Pre-Trial Diversion Program

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By Sarah Cantey

 A court program in Troy is aiming to give first time offenders a second chance. 

 
Troy court officials are working on creating a pre-trial diversion program. They are gearing it towards charges including minors in possession or consumption of alcohol. 
 
How it would work is the defendant would have the option to pay court costs and fees for alcohol education. The course would last a few hours one evening for four straight weeks and they'd also have to do community service for the city of Troy. 
 
Court officials saw a need with the number of citations due to Troy being a college town. 
 

Neal Armstrong, Troy court administrator/clerk said, "Like the people that are majoring in education, nursing, criminal justice, if they graduate Troy University and leave here with a criminal record that record can really inhibit them and finding a job and being gainfully employed down the road when all they did was really make a simple mistake, they aren't criminals." 

 
The Troy City Council approved the first reading for the new program at their meeting this week. Final vote will be next council meeting. 
 
If passed officials hope to have the program started by the beginning of June.