New Diversionary Court Unit

Philly DA

November 19, 2012:  In an effort to better coordinate the growing number of pre-trial diversionary programs offered by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, District Attorney Seth Williams has created a new “Diversion Courts Unit”.  The new Unit will be lead by Assistant District Attorney Derek Riker, who has been named Chief of Diversion Courts effective today, November 19, 2012.

“This is a part of my continuing goal of focusing our resources on violent offenders,” says District Attorney Seth Williams.  “By diverting more non-violent offenders into programs that will address their needs, these individuals are less likely to become repeat offenders.  This is what ‘Smart on Crime’ means, and I am very pleased that Derek Riker will help the office with our ongoing efforts to make the public safer.” 

Diversion programs are an alternative to prosecution and an important part in the ever evolving strategy of the District Attorney’s Office to…

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