Los Angeles DA Gascon launches controversial 'diversion' program for youth criminals

The “Restorative Enhanced Diversion for Youth Pathway” aims to move young people from incarceration into rehabilitation, a move that Deputy DA Jonathan Hatami called “a slap on the wrist” for some felonies. 

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon is facing a second recall attempt as criticism over his progressive policies intensifies. 

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon is facing a second recall attempt as criticism over his progressive policies intensifies.  (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The qualifying felonies include burglary, assault without firearms or extensive injuries, vehicle theft, robbery, grand theft person, sexual battery and arson, FOX LA reported.

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Other cities have tried similar programs. Chicago famously launched the “Criminal Trespass to Vehicle Workshops” pathway. 

Members of the LAPD make their way along Temple St. in  downtown Los Angeles.

Members of the LAPD make their way along Temple St. in  downtown Los Angeles. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The Chicago Police Department held “station adjustments” that run three to four hours to try and fix the youth offender’s attitude toward stolen cars, CWB Chicago reported. 

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The program applies only to car thefts. 

A security guard patrols the front entrance of Nordstrom after an organized group of thieves attempted a smash-and-grab robbery Nov. 23, 20201 in Los Angeles. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

A security guard patrols the front entrance of Nordstrom after an organized group of thieves attempted a smash-and-grab robbery Nov. 23, 20201 in Los Angeles. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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