Valdosta State University
Continuing Education
1500 N Patterson St.

CJS - Diversion Programs

Diversion Programs Seminar: This seminar will explore diversion programs via specialty courts and restorative justice initiatives. Seminar participants will learn about the role of diversion programs within the Criminal Justice System, the advantages and limitations of diversion programs targeted at juveniles and non-violent offenders, and the role of alternative courts in working with offenders with mental health and substance abuse issues. Seminar participants will also learn about the relationship between diversion programs and restorative justice concepts, the historical and current uses of restorative justice concepts, and the benefits and challenges associated with the application of restorative justice concepts.

The seminar will be co-moderated by Ms. Ann Kasun and Dr. Shá Wilfred. Ms. Kasun is currently the Deputy Clerk for the Municipal Court in the City of Valdosta. Her experience with the court when combined with her education and experience as a Social Worker, allows her to bring a unique social services focus to the topic of diversion programs and alternative courts. Dr. Wilfred is currently a Professor of Criminal Justice and the Criminal Justice Online Undergraduate Program Coordinator at Valdosta State University, and the founder of JOST Justice Services and Support, LLC. She has work with various criminal justice and community organizations in her area of expertise and related areas. Her current research interests include restorative justice, Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) and their involvement with offenders and the criminal justice system, juvenile justice issues, mentally-ill offenders, and community corrections.

Special fees are available for VSU students, faculty/staff, and alumni. You will see the fees if you have been previously set up in the system. If you do not see the options, please call our office so that we can update your information. Thank you.

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Annetta Taylor

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