Program Overview

ReDirect is focused on diverting youth from out-of-home placement or commitment to the Texas Department Juvenile Justice by providing high-risk youth a chance to change their lives.

In partnership with The Harris County Juvenile Court system, we endorse the fundamental principle that both pre-adjudication and post-adjudication diversion is appropriate in certain circumstances.

Once youth agree to enrollment in the ReDirect program, they will actively engage with the ReDirect staff and the entire My Brother's Keeper (MBK) network and community partners in the development and implementation of their service plan. ReDirect youth will work with their team until they learn to make better choices, manage personal crisis, advocate for themselves, appropriately engage in needed services and pro-social activities, contribute positively in their community and make restitution for their crimes. Duration of Program The program will be tailored to the individual needs of each juvenile; consequently the minimum duration of the program will depend on the youth. The maximum time shall not exceed the court order or supervision period with a continuum of services being provided until 24th birthday. Mentor Juveniles participating in ReDirect will be required to work with an adult mentor. Juveniles will have the opportunity to engage in the selection process of their mentor.

Duration of Program

The program will be tailored to the individual needs of each juvenile; consequently the minimum duration of the program will depend on the youth. The maximum time shall not exceed the court order or supervision period with a continuum of services being provided until 24th birthday.

Mentor

Juveniles participating in ReDirect will be required to work with an adult mentor. Juveniles will have the opportunity to engage in the selection process of their mentor.

Program Components

The ReDirect Diversion Program is firmly rooted in evidence based practices, cognitive behavioral treatments and consistent with the principles of Restorative Justice, which include holding offenders accountable to victims, providing competency development for offenders and ensuring community safety.

ReDirect utilizes a wraparound approach to providing rehabilitative intervention strategies that includes:

  • Intensive Case Management
  • Cognitive Behavioral Life Skills Training
  • Thinking for a Change groups
  • Restorative Justice Mediation
  • Mentoring
  • Community Service
  • Community based service linkage
  • My Brother's Keeper Network

Program Requirements

  • Pay all required fines, fees, and restitution
  • Satisfactorily complete all required community service
  • Attend and participate in all educational classes
  • Write a letter of apology
  • Inform the school in writing about your participation in the diversion program and serve all, if any, school-related consequences
  • Avoid all social situations that may involve criminal behavior
  • Obey all school and household rules and work towards a good academic standing
  • Receive no additional violations
  • Sign a release of information permitting open communication with the school and other interested parties and the juvenile diversion program

Curfew

As a condition of being accepted into the ReDirect Diversion Program, some pre-adjudicated supervision juveniles may be ordered to observe a curfew. The Harris County Juvenile Probation Department Pre-Adjudication Team will determine the curfew guidelines.

Victim/Offender Mediation

If the victim agrees to meet with the offender then the parties may be considered for victim-offender mediation.

No Plea Required

While the participant should acknowledge his/her participation in the offense, they will not be required to enter a plea.

Screening & Assessment

ReDirect uses a comprehensive assessment and case management process that addresses both criminogenic needs and protective factors, from the moment a youth enters our program until the moment they exit.

ReDirect develops a comprehensive intervention strategy to match the youth's level of risk to re-offend by assessing and evaluating their specific criminogenic risk and needs. Our counselors utilize a comprehensive youth assessment screening tool (YASI) that evaluates the youth in 10 different life domains and assesses their strengths, needs and level of risk to re-offend. ReDirect service plans are customized to directly target the youth's identified criminogenic needs and matches the youth with the right services, counselor and mentor to provide positive reinforcement and cognitive behavioral life skills training.

By outlining the most effective way to work with our youth, we allow for the youth's time in our care to be used as effectively as possible, and in turn, allow for a more successful effect in reducing their chances of recidivating.

Advantages to Participation

The ReDirect Diversion Program includes the following:

  • Expunction and Sealing of Juvenile Records
  • All Deferred Prosecution charges related to program completion will be dismissed
  • Improvement in areas of personal responsibility and coping skills
  • The opportunity to develop a sense of community responsibility and accountability

Eligibility

Under the age of 18 Referred by the Harris County Juvenile Courts and/or Moderate to High-risk, Hispanic and African American Males with a willingness to change. Reside in 77003, 77016, 77018, 77020, 77026, 77028, 77091, 77092, 77093

My Brother's Keeper ReDirect Diversion Program

4802 Lockwood Drive
Houston, TX 77026
Telephone: (832) 393-5499
Fax: (832) 393-5494
karlton.harris@houstontx.gov www.mbkhouston.org
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