OLR Report 2016-R-0020 summarizes the eight criminal pretrial diversionary programs in Connecticut, which are:
- suspended prosecution for drug or alcohol dependence treatment;
- suspended prosecution for illegal sale, delivery, or transfer of pistols, revolvers, long guns, armor piercing or incendiary .50 caliber ammunition, or large capacity magazines;
- pretrial family violence education program;
- accelerated rehabilitation;
- pretrial alcohol education program;
- pretrial drug education and community service program;
- pretrial school violence prevention program; and
- pretrial supervised diversionary program for people with psychiatric disabilities and certain veterans.
Courts have discretion whether to allow an eligible person to participate in a program. If a court grants participation, it suspends the defendant's prosecution and orders the person to participate in treatment or other types of programs. If a person successfully completes a program, the court dismisses the charges. A person who does not complete a program returns to court to face the original charges.
For more information, read the full report here.