HOURS OF OPERATION
Concord Office (603) 226-1921
163 North Main Street, Concord NH 03301
Monday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 7:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:00am - 7:30pm
Friday 8:00am - 3:30pm
Franklin Office (603) 545-7347
82 Elkins Street, Franklin, NH 03235
Wednesday 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
DIVERSION CENTER OVERVIEW
The Merrimack County Diversion Center is overseen by the Merrimack County Attorney Scott W. Murray.
The center has been serving Merrimack County since 1992, our participants have performed over 130,000 hours of community service and have paid in excess of $280,000 in restitution to victims of crimes. On the average, the center receives an excess of 800 referrals annually.
There are five different types of programs offered at the Merrimack County Diversion Center, two of which are possible alternatives to prosecution programs, (Diversion and First-time Alcohol Substance Training), one is used as both a pre or post conviction referral, (Diagnosing And Treating Addiction), and the remaining two are post conviction programs, (Court Ordered Monitoring Program and Court Ordered Community Service).
Merrimack County DATA (Diagnosing and Treating Addiction) Program
Reducing Crime By Targeting And Treating Substance Abuse
Awarded 2013 Achievement Award By the National Association of Counties (NACO)
FELONY, MISDEMEANOR, AND VIOLATION DIVERSION PROGRAMS
The mission of the Merrimack County Diversion Program is to hold an eligible offender accountable while providing the resources, skills, and education to reduce the risk of committing crimes in the future. The program is an alternative to prosecution that offers a defendant a chance to avoid a criminal conviction and other punitive sanctions including fines, probation, and incarceration.
WHAT IS DIVERSION
The Merrimack County Diversion Program is a voluntary program for an individual charged with a criminal offense. The Individual who completes the program may avoid prosecution and potential conviction of their charge. Diversion only accepts certain types of criminal offenses and each referral must go through an assessment prior to being accepted into the program. Once accepted into the program a contract will be developed that will lists the specific requirements and obligations for each individual.