Pretrial Diversion Programs and Services.

The San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project provides the following programs and services:

Assertive Case Management (ACM)

Provides case management and supervision services to defendants referred by the Court. Defendants charged with both felonies and misdemeanors can be considered.

Neighborhood Court (NCT)

Gives residents the opportunity to resolve non-violent crimes in their neighborhood. Residents serve as volunteer adjudicators and hear cases in a neighborhood setting, using restorative justice to repair the harm caused by the crimes.


The O.R. Project will review criminal history reports, conduct Public Risk Assessment analysis, and provide police reports for judicial review. Based on the essential resources compiled and disseminated by O.R. staff (known as an O.R. workup), judges will consider the degree to which defendants carry a risk of failure-to-appear, a risk of reoffense, and a risk imposed on public safety.

Group Facilitation

Our groups are designed to provide immediate treatment to individuals referred from the San Francisco Courts. Clients that take part in SFPDP’s Group Facilitation can participate in a range of supportive workshops while awaiting placement into residential or outpatient community treatment programs. Our aggressive strategies are proving successful in addressing some of the most difficult problems associated with case management and alternative sentencing.

Street Environmental Services Program (SESP)

Street Environmental Services Program began in February 2001. Through the San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project, Inc. and its Project 20 and Project 22 programs, participants may work off fines and court obligations through visible community improvement projects. Using equipment and supplies provided by the Department of Public Works (DPW), the SESP crew removes graffiti on mail and utility boxes and paints over “tagged” storefronts and trash cans.

Pretrial Diversion (PTD)

Provides first-time misdemeanor offenders with court-proceeding alternatives and services on issues such as anger management, parenting, domestic violence, and substance abuse counseling and education.

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