Released Date 1/7/16

Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott announced today that his office's Adult Diversion Program Give Back to the Community Fee collected $5,775.00 during 2015 for local non-profit organizations. Organizations receiving funds were the Macon County Child Advocacy Center, Coalition of Neighborhood Organizations, DOVE Inc., Decatur Community Partnership, Police Benevolent & Protection Association Unit # 39, Macon County Fraternal Order of Police # 144, Macon County Animal Shelter, Decatur Macon County Senior Center, and Independence Pointe.

The Adult Diversion Program, which Scott developed and implemented as an Assistant State's Attorney in 1992, diverts appropriate non-violent first-time offenders from the court system, requiring them to pay a fee to the county, pay restitution and write a letter of apology to the victim, complete community service, and to comply with any other conditions imposed. As of January 1, 2015 the program also requires participants to pay the Give Back to the Community Fee.

The program reduces the caseload of the office, allowing prosecutors to devote their efforts and resources to more serious crimes, and saving taxpayer dollars. During 2015 the program diverted 195 criminal cases from Macon County court, collected nearly $74,000 in fees for the Macon County General Fund, and collected more than $29,000 in restitution for crime victims. Program participants completed 1,350 hours of community service work during the year as well.

"We started the Give Back to the Community Fee to point out to Diversion participants that their offenses didn't just hurt the victims, they harmed our entire community," Scott said. "We also wanted deserving organizations to get some much needed additional funds. These organizations do a lot of positive things for Decatur and Macon County and will be able to put the money to good use."

Jay Scott
Macon County State's Attorney