Helping Your Community Create Effective Alternatives to Arrest

Civil Citation Network helps communities and local leaders identify, design, implement and measure modern criminal justice solutions


Who We Are

Civil Citation Network®

The Civil Citation Network (CCN) is a non-profit entity with the goal of promoting the expansion of both juvenile and adult pre-arrest diversion programs. The Civil Citation Network was created after the success of both juvenile and adult pre-arrest diversion programs in Leon County, Florida.

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How Does Pre-Arrest Diversion Work?

Pre-arrest diversion programs, also known as deflection or civil citation programs, have one unifying purpose – providing individual accountability through an alternative to arrest for low-level criminal offenses. Whether for juveniles or adults, there are five key components to a comprehensive pre-arrest diversion program:

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Model Programs

Whether you're looking into developing, implementing, or improving program outcomes for Pre-Arrest Diversion, CCN is there to help you!

Pre-Arrest Diversion for Adults – A Model Program

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Pre-Arrest Diversion for Juveniles – A Model Program

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Civil Citation Network Graduate
"I am so grateful for the Civil Citation program because I did not have an arrest on my record. I was admitted to a University Law School with the entirety of my tuition paid for. I worked in the judicial chambers for a Court of Appeals judge. Now I am about to graduate from law school. And this fall, I will be in a courtroom litigating."
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri
"It is instead an effort to treat crime equitably while still giving the people who deserve it another chance."

Pre-Arrest Diversion Programs

This interactive national directory for both adult and juvenile programs demonstrates the wide-spread growth of pre-arrest program across the United States. By clicking on the map, or the corresponding list of states below, you can see what activities are happening in these areas.


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In this section, we have provided links to model legislation that will assist you in developing pre-arrest legislation in your jurisdiction.
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Links to helpful toolkits are available in this section as you develop and implement your pre-arrest diversion program.
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Adult Resources

A number of resources for adult pre-arrest diversion programs are available here providing comprehensive information on the need and value of such programs.
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Juvenile Resources

A list of resources for juvenile pre-arrest diversion programs are provided here with detailed information on the need and value of such programs.
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