SOURCE: Orange County Bar Foundation

Orange County Bar Foundation

March 13, 2012 07:45 ET

Legal Leadership Shines in 32-Year Success Story SHORTSTOP Juvenile Crime Diversion in OC

Orange County Bar Foundation Offers Diversion Program With a 95% Success Rate Over 32 Years

SANTA ANA, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 13, 2012) - For 32 years, Orange County's legal community has united to help end the cycle of crime and violence through the OC Bar Foundation's program SHORTSTOP, a comprehensive 12-hour diversion program where at-risk first-offenders get a second chance at rehabilitation.

Depending on their type of practice, some of OC's legal leaders see all too closely the irreparable damage that can be done by a juvenile hall sentence.

On April 4 & 10, a group of 15-30 juveniles will go with their parents to the Orange County Courthouse, wear orange jumpsuits, be assigned a number, visit a holding tank in criminal court, admit to their parents the crimes they committed, and hear from Orange County prisoners, parolees and corrections officials.

"We are thrilled to see how positively this program has benefitted the community over the past 32 years," says Mark Minyard, OCBF Board President and Managing Partner of Minyard Morris, LLP.

Prominent supporting attorneys and judges include:
ALAN J. CRIVARO, formerly of the public defender's office
JOHN HURLBUT, former Managing Partner of Rutan and Tucker

A participating parent, Sandy Martinez of Whittier, says of the program, "This has been a true life experience for our entire family. One that I know [my son] will remember for the rest of his life."

For more information about SHORTSTOP, contact Robert Diaz, SHORTSTOP Case Manager, at (714) 480-1925 ext. 114 or at

Media Please Note: This event is not open to the public. Media may attend and observe only with RSVP at least 24 hours in advance to Photographers may attend with RSVP, but must honor confidentiality of minor participants.

ABOUT SHORTSTOP: A unique juvenile crime diversion program developed in 1980 for juveniles as a cost-effective, comprehensive alternative to prosecution. SHORTSTOP utilizes effective, science-based models for reducing delinquency and teaches the offenders to take responsibility for their actions through decision-making strategies designed to result in positive future choices.

ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION: OCBF is a non-profit organization committed to keeping at-risk youth out of jail, in school, healthy and drug free through education, counseling and mentoring.

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